The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates. Hardback. First Edition. The Book Club, 1958.
Description: The Darling Buds of May, which came out in 1958, was the first of five Larkin novels and in it readers witness the transformation of Mr. Charlton from a undernourished and timid tax clerk to ‘Charlie’, a fully-converted member of the Larkin way of life: an easygoing celebration of nature, food, drink, and family. In the process, the reader is introduced to the Brigadier, Miss Pilchester, and Angela Snow. Setting the style for the series, the book ends with a grand celebration, and the announcement of the wedding of Charlie and Mariette.
Condition: Good. Hardback. First Edition. Firmly bound, mustard cloth boards with some wear to top of spine. No dust jacket, owner inscription inside.