'Christening? We never said nothing about no christening, Ma, did we?'
And so with the appearance of a letter announcing the imminent arrival of Madame Dupont, Pop and Ma Larkin learn that little Oscar and Blenheim - Charley and Mariette's new boy - are to be christened. In fact, once Mr Candy - who will be officiating (much to raven-haired Primrose's delight) - learns that Pop and Ma have neglected the entire Larkin brood, the whole family seems set for a dunking!
Pop, who needs no excuse to open a few bottles of Dragon's Blood and host the perfick party, rushes out and buys a fun fair to celebrate. But there are one or two gatecrashers even Pop hadn't counted on turning up . . .
They are absolute comfort books . . . all five titles are being rereleased just in time for summer
As funny as Evelyn Waugh and as enchanting as Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie. Don't miss it
Pop Larkin, Ma and their progeny . . . are essentially English of the rich and ribald England of Chaucer and Shakespeare. A superb and timeless comedy
Pop is as sexy, genial, generous, and boozy as ever. Ma is a worthy match for him in all these qualities
Pop Larkin is a living, breathing quotable character, cast large in the heroic mould
Busty and lusty
A gently, anarchic wish-fulfilling daydream