Literature

The Larkin Holidays

Everything crowds under the low horizon: Steep beach, blue water, towels, red bathing caps, The small hushed waves’ repeated fresh collapse …                               —Philip Larkin, “To the Sea” (1969) The new NALGO Holiday Camp, just near Scarborough, looks as if it might fit the bill for the Larkin family’s 1933 annual trip away. NALGO stands for the National Association of Local Government Officers, and Sydney Larkin is a member. A keen diarist, he prefaces the event with an unfortunate expectation that it “will probably be cold and wet”. He adds: “No one has, so far, had a bright word to…

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