Ten-year-old Ned spends two long, hot summers with his great uncle Silas in the village of Souldrop. While Silas instructs his nephew in the ways of country life he finds plenty of time away from the beady eye of housekeeper Mrs Betts to indulge in his two great loves, women and home-made wine - the combination of which constantly lands him in hot water.
|Publisher||Vintage Classics; 2001|
A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR
The Larkin family descends upon Brittany in France. Like fish out of water, they find that things don't quite turn out their way: the weather is less than ideal, the food is awful and the hotel is in a bad state of repair. But things slowly improve as Pop manages to sweet-talk Mlle Dupont. Book 2 of the series.
THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY
When Cedric Charlton, an unsuspecting tax inspector, arrives at the door of the Pop Larkin farm, he soon forgets the purpose of his visit: the fun-loving Ma and Pop Larkin distract him at every turn with strawberries, cream, alcohol, and their attractive young daughter, Mariette. First book in the series.
FAIR STOOD THE WIND FOR FRANCE
John Franklin and his crew crash their aircraft in Occupied France and are taken in by a French farmer and his family who risk their lives to offer the crew protection. As the summer wears on John and the daughter of the house find themselves drawn to each other.
A LITTLE OF WHAT YOU FANCY
Pop Larkin finds himself confined to a bed following a mild heart attack - caused by a little too much of what he fancied! Ma battles with the doctors as she attempts to find the adequate cure, but it turns out that a seductive nurse is all he needs. Book 5 of the series.
A MOMENT IN TIME
It is 1940 and Elizabeth Cartwright finds her life turned upside-down by her growing friendship with a group of young fighter-pilots, engaged in the desperate struggle to protect England from Nazi invasion.
OH! TO BE IN ENGLAND
Pop Larkin has to deal with an influx of teddy boys who threaten to ruin the farm, and the family participate in a mass christening! Book 4 of the series.