This collection of linked short stories provides a funny and quirky view into a quaint English village, where eccentricities are rife and people still know each other by name. De Bernieres recreates his hometown village in England, bringing back to life forgotten characters and stories. The stories range from the present day to the beginning of the 20th century and even further back to the times of squires and knights. Love stories, childhood fishing stories, and tales of naked generals and ghostly husbands leave a faint feeling of nostalgia for ‘traditional’ countryside life. The book is enjoyable, funny at times, and easy to read – perfect for a lazy afternoon.