The Folio Society, London, 2000.
Hardcover. The book and its slipcase are in like new condition. Introduced by Ian Jack, with wonderful illustrations by Alice Tait. Publisher's full cloth, printed with a design by the artist.
The Darling Buds of May is a novella by British writer H. E. Bates, which was first published in 1958. It was the first of a series of five books about the Larkins, a rural family from Kent. Pop and Ma Larkin and their many children take joy in nature, each other's company, and almost constant feasts. Their only income is through selling scrap, picking strawberries, and selling farm animals or previous purchases that they've tired of. Nevertheless, they joyfully spend money on horses, cars, perfume, fine furniture, and holidays abroad.
The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates
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