Print Length: 308 pages
Publisher: The Cluny Press
Release Date: March 18, 2013
Genre: Literary Fiction
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 more 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
The Cuckoos Of Batch Magna is one of those rare literary gifts that left me in complete awe! Set against the background of a rural English village that rests between the borders of England and the Welsh Marshes, The Cuckoos Of Batch Magna is a delightful and charming novel filled with the most endearing and often humorous characters you will ever encounter. However, one of the most admired qualities of this novel, is the author's wonderful insight and attention to detail throughout. I felt as though I was swept away only to find myself walking the paths of Batch Magna amid the company of these charming characters. British author, Peter Maughan is truly a gifted storyteller with a unique talent for detail and a wonderful sense of British humor. If your looking for a great summer read, you won't be disappointed with this one! I highly recommend The Cuckoos Of Batch Magna and easily give it FIVE stars! This is the first in a series of Batch Magna tales and I look forward to reading more.
**Please be sure to stop by tomorrow for a special interview with the author, Peter Maughan!