Meet Sir Humphrey and the endearing folk of Batch Magna. The prose is delightful and then some. The story carries you gently with the flow of the river describing the riverside community and the charming characters Peter Maughan developed. The droll humor combined with the stunning descriptions will entertain you. Here are my three favorite: the green woodpecker laughed again; something made a small splash and, the sound of birdsong. Even better: her considerable bosom listed in outrage.
If you read only one book with a character named Phineas, it must be The Cuckoos of Batch Magna.