Only recently I read The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates and what a joy it was. Reading it on a summer’s day under a tree with a treat at hand creates the feeling of pure escapism. Wonderful characters full of warmth, lightheartedness and humour, the dreamy Larkin Farm with neverending feasts, the romance of Kentish countryside. The perfect summer read. I will be happily reading the rest of the books, next stop: France. I think the Penguin editions are rather lovely but I fell head over heels for the Folio Society’s version with great illustrations by Alice Tait.
I am so grateful to all of you for fantastic book recommendations, thanks to Victoria I discovered another side of Bates’ talent, the sad romantic side (with a huge helping of flower references). I read Love for Lydia and absolutely loved it. Have you read any of his other books? Which ones are your favourite?