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The Cuckoos of Batch Magna

The Cuckoos of Batch Magna When Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton Strange huntin shootin and fishin Squire of Batch Magna goes to his reward doubtless to find God as true blue British as his recent but equally worthy ancestors h

  • Title: The Cuckoos of Batch Magna
  • Author: Peter Maughan
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  • When Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton Strange, huntin shootin and fishin Squire of Batch Magna, goes to his reward doubtless to find God as true blue British as his recent but equally worthy ancestors , his rambling but rotting estate passes to distant relative Humph, a hapless dollar doodler in New York.With in his eyes, Humph decides to make a killing by transforWhen Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton Strange, huntin shootin and fishin Squire of Batch Magna, goes to his reward doubtless to find God as true blue British as his recent but equally worthy ancestors , his rambling but rotting estate passes to distant relative Humph, a hapless dollar doodler in New York.With in his eyes, Humph decides to make a killing by transforming the sleepy backwater of Batch Magna into a theme park image of rural England a vacation paradise for free spending US millionaires.But while the village s threadbare businessmen see the plan as a windfall, the tenants of the estate s dilapidated houseboats are above any consideration of filthy lucre and stand their ground for tradition s sake and because they consider eviction notices not to be cricket.Each disgruntled faction sees the other as the unwelcome cuckoo chick in the family nest So, lead by randy pulp crime writer Phineas Cook and Lt Commander James Cunningham DSO, DSC and Bar, RN ret a man with a glass eye to suit every occasion and all painted with naval battle scenes where the Union Jack flies triumphant the motley crew takes on Wall Street broadside to broadside.

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    1. Una Tiers on said:

      Meet Sir Humphrey and the endearing folk of Batch Magna. The delightful prose is ineffable. The story carries you gently with the flow of the river, describing the lovely riverside community and the charming characters the author developed. The droll humor combined with the stunning descriptions, will entertain you. Here are three I adored: the green woodpecker laughed again, something made a small splash and the sound of birdsong. Not to miss: her considerable bosom lifted in outrage.If you onl [...]

    2. Cathy Speight on said:

      I’m not one for rereading books, apart from perhaps the classics. Quite simply, I have so many books to read…my TBR will happily sort me out for the next ten years, I think…so it’s purely a time thing.However…never say never. This is one book I would have no hesitation in putting back in the pile to read again. And again. How can one describe the village of Batch Magna? Difficult to find that’s for sure; dreamy, quiet, peaceful…where time has almost stood still. BUT, it’s all abo [...]

    3. Jennifer Petkus on said:

      One should know by now to abandon expectations when reading a book one knows littleabout, but one is oft times an idiot. My mistake when reading The Cuckoos of Batch Magna is that I had P.G. Wodehouse in mind and kept looking for similarities when I should have just enjoyed the gentle ride down a river author Peter Maughan intended.You see I was recently reminded of Wodehouse’s If I Were You, where the Earl of Droitwich discovers he really isn’t the rightful heir, having been switched at bir [...]

    4. Tahlia Newland on said:

      Reading this book felt like I imagine taking a leisurely walk down an English country lane might feel, except that here you might pass into Wales somewhere along the way. The hedgerows are full of birds, the lanes edged with wild flowers, cricket is played on the village green and a regatta takes place on the river. In this setting lives a cast of eccentric and endearing characters who drive the story.Batch Magna is a village on the border of Wales, a back water with a manor house, a pub, a few [...]

    5. Angelica Bentley on said:

      To enter the world of Batch Magna is to lose oneself in a parallel universe where most people are fundamentally decent and kind, despite being as kooky and crazy as coots. Peter Maughan has created some endearing and charismatic characters who take on so much life and substance that you find yourself wondering what they are doing while they are off-stage, and missing them when the last page is read (fortunately, there is a sequel).The story revolves around the eccentric lives of the people who l [...]

    6. Clarissa Simmens on said:

      When reading I rarely do this but at one point I had to turn to the last few pages to see what would happen. That's because I care so much for the characters that I couldn't bear to continue reading unless I knew at least one of the outcomes. I'm not a Wind in the Willows fan simply because I have a rat phobia and could not read the book that had a rat for a main character. Because the front cover, at least on the Kindle edition, advertised the book as “The Wind In The Willows for Adults,” I [...]

    7. Sheila on said:

      If you’ve watched Downton Abbey you probably know all about entailed English estates. But Peter Maughan’s The Cuckoos of Batch Magna concerns a Marcher village in more modern times, set on the border of England and Wales, with a rather hapless American inheritor hoping to turn the world into a theme park. The combination of wry British humor, gorgeously evocative description, great characters, wonderful dialog and leisurely fascinating plot is masterful.Imagine McCall Smith writing on the En [...]

    8. Larry B Gray on said:

      The Cuckoos of Batch Magna by Peter Maughan is a great read about life in a quaint little Welch/English village as the outside world tries to move in.The author style of writing has developed a beautiful picturesque setting which you can easily put yourself into. By his story telling ability I found myself smelling the flowers and visualizing the birds in flight. I love when an author causes me to get so caught up in the story I feel I am there.Peter Maughan has developed a cast of characters th [...]

    9. Sheri on said:

      The Cuckoos of Batch Magna (Peter Maughan)Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton, Squire of Batch Magna gives his rotting estate to a distant relative Humph (An American). Humph decides to make a huge profit by changing the backwater of Batch Magna into a theme park image of rural England. He envisions a vacation paradise for US millionaires. But the pensioners (tenants) have other plans, they refuse to cooperate.Add to the mix of quirky characters, pulp-crime writer Phineas Cook and Lt. Commander James C [...]

    10. Janice Williams on said:

      This writer is a master with words, sentences, settingose I've recommended this book too loved it as well.

    11. John Gough on said:

      The Cuckoos of Batch Magna is a marvel. Other reviewers offer similar (brief) positive endorsements. Let me add to this at some length.First, what is Peter Maughan’s The Cuckoos of Batch Magna like? It is very reminiscent – NOT such a bad thing in a book with a warm heart, and a strong cast.Indeed, this is a book that will remind some readers of other, many other, earlier, bucolic comedies – comedy masterpieces! (The Cuckoos of Batch Magna belongs in such illustrious company!)Jerome K. Jer [...]

    12. Jackie on said:

      Book InfoKindle Edition, 308 pagesPublished 2012 by Endeavour Press Ltd. (first published March 28th 2004)ASIN B00AEAMRIOedition language EnglishSource:EARC copy from author in exchange for honest reviewBook Buy LinksB&NBOOK SYNOPSISWhen Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton Strange, huntin' shootin' and fishin' Squire of Batch Magna, goes to his reward (doubtless to find God as true-blue British as his more recent but equally worthy ancestors), his rambling but rotting estate passes to distant relat [...]

    13. IndieHeart on said:

      When Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton Strange, Baronet and owner of a rundown rural estate on the border of England and Wales, dies without an heir, his holdings and title pass to a distant American relative who is also named Humphrey.The American, Humph, is an easy-going short order cook with no independent ambitions for grandeur. However, he becomes the “cuckoo” in Batch Magna’s nest when an old family friend he knows as Uncle Frank persuades him that there is money to be made by evicting th [...]

    14. Áine on said:

      Paradise almost lost - Saved through the magic of otters, perhaps?Like the otters, Batch Magna makes a comeback-to a future just like the past, without the pollution, preserving all those delights of simple rural life on a river; with the abundant flora and fauna, for which there are no substitutes in "modern" life. Planned developments, apartment complexes: the very words are anathema to Batch Magna.This is a conservationist story, so enchantingly and poetically told that the prose sings like t [...]

    15. JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book) on said:

      When Sir Humphrey Strange, 8th baronet and squire of Batch Magna passes on, he leaves an entailed estate to his relative known as Humph, an amiable, overweight short-order cook from the Bronx.Now known as Sir Humphrey Franklin T. Strange, 9th baronet and squire of Batch Magna, he is persuaded by his Uncle Frank to turn the property into a theme-park for people rich enough to afford it. However, in doing so, he learns he will have to evict the tenants (pensioners) of the estate's houseboats to le [...]

    16. Liz Terek on said:

      In the small, European community of Batch Magna, things have remained the same for as long as folks can remember. Families have stayed, thrived, & been content. On the river there sits a society of people who live on houseboats. A diversified bunch, they’ve put down roots per se & are content living on the water. When town elder, The General, dies his estate is passed to his great nephew who is- an American. Part of the estate includes these houseboats. Unfortunately for those dwellin [...]

    17. Joan on said:

      Droll, Entertaining, Humorous“Welcome to Batch Magna, a village sitting out the centuries in a river valley in the Welsh Marshes. The forgotten country. . . this England that is half in Wales and the Wales that is half in England. A place on a road to nowhere in particular and in no particular hurry to get there, and where the world is always elsewhere, over there somewhere, beyond the blue hills of the Valley.” Peter MaughanAnd such is the setting of this colorful, delightful tale of these [...]

    18. Gaele on said:

      This gently unfolding tale wends its way through the countryside of Batch Magna: curiously placed in the not quite Welsh, not quite English border. With the death of the squire, the village is tossed into turmoil, as everyone is concerned about what changes may come to disturb their quiet existence. Thus the stage is set to position factions: those who wish for progress, change and the increase economic potential, and those who have retreated or chosen the sleepy little space to quietly live the [...]

    19. Cynthia Vogel on said:

      Peter Maughan, a writer from the UK, contacted me and asked me to read and then review his book –which I agreed to do. Once I started reading the book I found that it moved quite slowly…like the lazy river where the book takes place. However once I really gave it the opportunity to shine by spending time reading…it became engrossing rather than plodding. Peter has the gift of description and often it is poetic…lyrical. The book takes place on the river banks near the border of England an [...]

    20. Julie G on said:

      Batch Magna is a village in the Welsh Marshes: Welsh, except when it's English; English, except when it's Welsh.The old squire, the 8th baronet, has passed. Having outlived his sons and siblings, with his hands tied by the entailment, his estate passes to a great-nephew that he had never met. An American who knows nothing of their lives and who is certain to change everything, including himself.This has been a difficult review to write. Not because the book is less than amazing, but because I si [...]

    21. Gregory Lamb on said:

      When author, Peter Maughan offered me a review copy of his latest novel, I snatched it up and after a quick read of the novel's description, I dropped what I was already reading and dove into the lyrical setting of Batch Magna. The story brought me backway back to the days when we lived in the UK. The setting reminded me of those warm days of a waning summer, while enroute to the Brecon Beacon region of Wales. Shades of the Severn River well to the north also flooded back from memory as I read t [...]

    22. Nancy Silk on said:

      "Absolutely Beautiful and Delightful Story"Batch Magna is a nostalgic, quiet, country community that is half in England and half in Wales. The author, Peter Maughan, is an author who beautifully describes the pristine countryside. I was very moved by this tale which, I think, reveals his wonderful memories of life in this setting. The story is about the death of Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton Strange (referred to as the General). His three sons have passed on before him, thus the massive estate wi [...]

    23. Sharon Stevenson on said:

      I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'The Cuckoos of Batch Magna' is the story of a rural town in Wales which is quite old fashioned and host to an abundance of eccentric characters. First off the pace of this novel is a lot slower than the books I usually read so it took a few chapters to get into the flow of it. Once I got there I found it an enjoyable and quirky tale of small town life. There were quite a few characters and they were all memorable and interesting in their own, of [...]

    24. Clare O'Beara on said:

      Humphrey in America inherits a Baronetcy, a large house and grounds in Shropshire on the Welsh Borders. But he hasn't the money people expect and even to cover death duties will have to sell part of the land, evict sitting tenants (many of whom pay no rent) and refurbish the house and paddle steamers on the river to make a hospitality venue. What do you think the villagers will make of that, especially the ones living in the paddle steamers? Welcome to Batch Magna, a country village both sleepy [...]

    25. Shirley Ford on said:

      What a charming character-led book this is. The writer has truly caught the essence of a small village which time has somehow passed by. Batch Magna, tucked away in a lush valley on the Welsh/English border is home to a closely-knit community and a group of tenants living on old paddle boats on the river. The old squire of Batch Hall has passed away and rumours begin to spread about the new squire, who will it be? Then letters begin to arrive announcing changes to the hall and the paddle steamer [...]

    26. Paula Lofting on said:

      I really liked this book so don't be fooled by my three star rating. I'm quite a mean rater and to get a four star out of me your book would have to be totally out of this world and and epic monster to get a 5. According to , 3 stars means you like it and I really liked it very much so I'm giving it 3.5 stars.I received this book as a submission for a review on The Review blog and I will be showcasing this book on the blog soon. This book was a delight to read - there was no major excitement abo [...]

    27. Rabid Readers Reviews on said:

      I have never been to Wales. I have seen a number of shows and read a number of novels about the Welsh countryside. Maughan paints in “The Cuckoos of Batch Magna” as eloquent a word picture as has been written of the magic and beauty of Wales. I read “Wind in the Willows” and while it has been many years the ability to paint a word picture of lush beauty is a shared quality. A setting that becomes a living entity and active participant in the story adding that element that cannot help but [...]

    28. Nash Norden on said:

      I received a copy of this book from the author to provide an honest review.Truthfully, The Cuckoos of Batch Magna wasn’t really the kind of book that I’ve always read. But I decided to give it a try, when I heard that this was going to be a humorous book. Sir Humphrey inherited an estate in England from his distant relative whom he never met. He wanted to turn the estate into a theme park, but the villagers were against it. When Sir Humphrey met and came to know the villagers, he began to li [...]

    29. Nash Norden on said:

      Truthfully, The Cuckoos of Batch Magna wasn’t really the kind of book that I’ve always read. But I decided to give it a try, when I heard that this was going to be a humorous book. Sir Humphrey inherited an estate in England from his distant relative whom he never met. He wanted to turn the estate into a theme park, but the villagers were against it. When Sir Humphrey met and came to know the villagers, he began to like them. I love how the villagers each have an interesting personality, lik [...]

    30. Georgiann Hennelly on said:

      Batch Magna is a beautiful quiet country community . When Sir Humphrey Miles Pinkerton, the Squire of Batch Magna dies, he leaves his rotting estate to a distant nephew. Humph (an American) He decides to chance the Back water of Batch Magna into a theme park image of rural England. And make a huge profit from it. He envisions a vacation paradisewhere the U.S. Millionaires will come for their vacations. But the pensioners ( tenants) have other plans and refuse to cooperate. Add to the mix some we [...]

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