Buttercups and Daisies

By Compton Mackenzie

Rating: 4 stars

Mr Robert Waterall gets it into his head to buy a ‘place in the country’ and this book chronicles the exploits of him and his family as they cope with country life and people.

I really enjoyed this book, it’s a gentle comedy by the author of Whisky Galore in which the climax of the book is a public meeting regarding the name of the new village that Waterall has moved to. The Waterall family are well-painted, each with their own quirks from the pompous head of the household to the ‘affected’ younger daughter Phyllis (according to her brothers, who are forever mocking her). The other residents of the new area are just as strange and slightly grotesque, insofar as a gentle English comedy can be. Fun, self-mocking and whimsical, it’s a book to enjoy while sitting in the sun with a nice drink of something at your side.

Book details

ISBN: 9780862991951
Publisher: Alan Sutton

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