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The Darling Buds of May
The Darling Buds of May | H.E. Bates
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Humoristisk roman. A visitor, one Cedric Charlton, Her Majesty's inspector of taxes is visiting to find out why junk-dealer Pop hasn't paid his tax. Mariette takes a shine to 'Charley' - as Pop calls him - and before long the family have introduced him to the delights of country living. In fact, soon Charley can't see any reason to return to the office at all
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I decided I needed a gin and tonic to go along with this book. Now all I need is a roasted goose and some strawberries. The Crazy Larkin family can guzzle cocktails and chow down food with the best of them. This look at a large family living in the English countryside in the 50‘s is wild. @LeahBergen

MicheleinPhilly Book, drink, placemat? combo is 👌🏼. 1mo
Aimeesue SO much food in this book! What fun. 1mo
LeahBergen This book is wacky fun, isn‘t it? Lovely photo! 😍 1mo
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Reviewsbylola Sounds like the perfect book for our family then! 1mo
Mdargusch Thanks @MicheleinPhilly 💙🧡 1mo
Mdargusch It‘s hard to read without eating or drinking along with them @Aimeesue @LeahBergen 🤤 1mo
Mdargusch Yes! You should read it @Reviewsbylola - it‘s a quick one. 1mo
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Yesterday was Father‘s Day in Australia, which got me thinking about some of my favourite fathers and father-figures in fiction. But then I got distracted reading and forgot to post 😄 So here it is now, a selection of literary dads and dad-figures to admire and love!
- Matthew Cuthbert
- Grandpa Joe
- Tom Builder
- Pop Larkin
- Jupiter North
- Arthur Weasley
- Tik Tok
Who would you add to the list?

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May wrap up:
31 books
#BookishBingo: 20/24 with 5 bingos

#Pop19: 41/50
#ISpy: 40/50
2019: 136

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The Darling Buds of May is an outrageous, over-the-top comedy about a family who is trying to avoid paying taxes and confusing the tax guy by not letting him leave and feeding him and trying to push their daughter on him. Some parts were admittedly funny, while sometimes I felt like it was just too much. I could see how this book could rub some people the wrong way. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫

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My second May-titled book this month and so far, so delightful.

Perfick! 😉


Reviewsbylola I bought this one for @mdargusch for Christmas! 6mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola You‘re a good daughter! 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
mabell I love the illustration 😍 6mo
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Cathythoughts Ahhhh 👍🏻💕💕 6mo
saresmoore This sounds (and looks) like great fun! 6mo
Mdargusch Yes! Now I need to read it @Reviewsbylola 🤩 6mo
Aimeesue This book made me very hungry. 6mo
LeahBergen @Mdargusch You should read it when you need something light and silly. I loved it! 6mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Me, too! And I think I want a ship-shaped cocktail cart now. 😆😆 6mo
saresmoore I may have ordered a copy. I genuinely can‘t remember. 😬🍷 6mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen You mean you don't have one already? 😂 6mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore I just snorted. 😂😂😂😂 6mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue No, and I‘m quite covetous. I only have a bar/cocktail tray that sits out on my sideboard. 😆😆 6mo
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#BookishBingo for May.

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My stack for the #24b4Monday #readathon. A thousand page book is a huge commitment at this point in my life, so I'm hoping to use this weekend to get a good start on Ship of Magic. I'm also listening to the tagged book on audio.

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 A big commitment but Robin Hobb writes great books so should be an enjoyable commitment. Good luck with the Readathon. 👍😊 7mo
rretzler The Liveship Traders series by Robin Hobb is very good! I‘m reading through her Realms of the Elderlings series and loved all the Liveship books! 7mo
smilingshelves @rretzler I read the Farseer trilogy last year, and I've been eagerly waiting for a chance to start the next trilogy. I'm glad to hear you loved it so much! 7mo
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smilingshelves @Andrew65 Thanks! I've been looking forward to starting this book for months. And because her books are so good, I really should be glad if it takes me weeks to finish, right? 😀 7mo
rretzler I actually liked The Liveship trilogy better than Farseer. I think by the end of Farseer, I was feeling a little frustrated with Fitz and his inability to take advice from those who were more experienced - it would have saved him so much pain, but of course, there wouldn‘t have been much of a story 😝 7mo
Andrew65 @smilingshelves Most definitely 😊 No doubt she‘ll tell a great story and it will be worth the time invested. Enjoy. 👍 7mo
smilingshelves @rretzler So tricky as a writer to find that balance! And a testament to Robin Hobb's skill that we're drawn so completely into her world as to be so frustrated by Fitz's choices! 😀 7mo
UwannaPublishme Happy Readathoning! Can‘t wait to hear what you think of Dear Fahrenheit! 7mo
smilingshelves @UwannaPublishme Thanks! I'm just starting it now, and I love it already! 7mo
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This arrived yesterday. Hoping it will break me out of this reading slump I‘ve been in. Humor usually does it, but even Wodehouse wasn‘t working for me. I read the first chapter last night, and it‘s truly delightful.

Karisa Hope it breaks you out of your reading slump! I read anything by Sarah Addison Allen when I need a palate cleanser/slump breaker. 🤗 10mo
Reviewsbylola I got this one for @Mdargusch for Christmas! 10mo
Mdargusch @reviewsbylola Now I need to buy this for my self! You got me at “delightful “. 10mo
Aimeesue @Mdargusch It‘s also likely to make you hungry and slightly dizzy. So much food! And it‘s a bit of a madcap whirlwind as well. Great fun, and just about “perfick!” 10mo
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A nice little book, weird and funny.

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#inlaws #reviews #others

Remembered now principally as a TV show that launched Catherine Zeta Jones but actually a charming series of novels by a now largely forgotten writer.

Ciannait Wow, I remember the series, I used to watch it religiously...I need to get those books. 1y
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I want to be a #paperbackwriter #heyjune

2BR02B I love old mass market paperbacks like these! 1y
Cinfhen I love these colored pages❤️🧡💚💙💜💛 1y
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One of my most recent purchases from a vintage bookstore. No way I was leaving without these! I‘ve read (and loved) The Darling Buds of May before, but never the sequel.

ephemeralwaltz Beautiful editions! 2y
EvieBee 😍😍 What beautiful editions! I want to own this series, and all of Bates‘ books. 2y
LeahBergen Gasp!!! 😍😍 2y
HotCocoaReads I love these vintage editions! 6mo
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Funny, delightful, with just the right touch of weirdness. Do not read while you're hungry though - so many amazing food descriptions!

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#AugustGrrrl The Darling Buds of May is a real #familyaffair . This illustration is from the Folio Society edition, which I want!

Cinfhen Sooooo pretty😍 2y
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I wish my average Sunday lunch was like this! Warning: do not read this book while hungry. 😄🤤

LeahBergen I have this book and I've been meaning to read it for ages! 2y
KerriNTurner @LeahBergen have a big meal before you do, it's full of endless descriptions of food! 😄😉 2y
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I remember watching this TV programme with my Nan when I was little! It had David Jason in it and a very young Catherine Zita Jones! I loved it! Looking forward to seeing what the book is like!

LeahBergen I love that edition! 😍 3y
Caroline2 Thanks! I do Iove Folio Society editions! 😉 3y
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One of the few times where the movie/TV show is better than the book. Watching some this afternoon as I make my way through piles of washing waiting to be folded.