Published: Lightning Books (November 2018)

ISBN: 9781785630996

Spring Mischief

Caroline Kington


A tale of stargazing, skulduggery and stagestruck saddlebacks

‘Fascinating and funny and moving’

Stephanie Cole

The third delightful rural romantic comedy set in the fictional West Country village of Summerstoke follows the fortunes of the Tucker family as they struggle to make ends meet in an increasingly challenging world.

Their arch-enemies, the Lesters, are pressing them to sell their dairy farm; the Tucker brothers are at one another’s throats over their wildly differing approaches to modern farming; love – or at least lust – is in the air and, to complicate matters further, a TV crew has arrived in Summerstoke to film a romantic comedy series.

The stage is set for all kinds of mayhem and machinations, as the Aga saga meets A Midsummer Night's Dream.






‘I have read the Summerstoke books with great pleasure. They are fascinating, funny and moving tales of a village. Having grown up in a village, and now living again in one, I can vouch for it being a glorious trilogy based firmly in reality. I recommend them heartily – they have given me hours of hugely enjoyable reading’

Stephanie Cole




Caroline Kington

Caroline Kington spent most of her working life in theatre and television, as a director, producer and founder of the fringe theatre company Antidote Theatre.

Since the death of her husband Miles Kington, the columnist and broadcaster, she has posthumously published three of his books: a humorous memoir of his illness, called How Shall I Tell the Dog?; a collection of his columns and other writings, The Best By Miles; and a collection of his celebrated ‘Franglais’ columns that had not appeared in book form before, Le Bumper Book of Franglais.

In her own right, she is the author of the Summerstoke trilogy of rural comedies. She insists that no character in the series is based on anybody from the small village near Bath where she has lived for many years. Nobody believes her.

Her novel A Long Shadow had its origins in a feature she made for Channel 4 News at the turn of this century about the pressures on farmers as a result of BSE and foot-and-mouth disease.