H. E. Bates - An Autobiography

£12.99

Bates, H. E.

19/10/2006 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413776006

About H. E. Bates - An Autobiography

 

Publication, in one volume, of Bates's three acclaimed autobiographies: The Vanished World, The Blossoming World and The World in Ripeness

 

'A bewitching minor classic of personal and social history... A book blessed with an almost indecent dose of period charm'

The Independent

 

'Three splendid autobiographies...'

The Guardian

 

Combining Bates's three acclaimed autobiographies, this rich and evocative memoir is a tribute to the life and work of one of the most prolific and popular of English writers.

 

Born in 1905 the son of a Northamptonshire cobbler, Bates traces his progress from the Nene Valley of his childhood, through the early years of a well-received but penniless young writer, to the wartime commission from the Air Ministry and the pseudonym of 'Flying Officer X' that transformed his career.

 

Celebrated for his memorable characters and lyrical evocation of period and place, Bates depicts the rural delights of the vanished world, meetings and friendships with the famous and extraordinary, and the fascinating experiences of the roving correspondent in France, India and Burma. Whether describing tea with Lawrence of Arabia or lunch with Graham Greene, Bates's versatile, lively and irreverent mind makes this collected volume a captivating read.

Author(s)
 

H. E. Bates

 

H. E. Bates was born in 1905 at Rushden in Northamptonshire and was educated at Kettering Grammar School. He worked as a journalist and clerk on a local newspaper before publishing his first book after which he quickly acquired a reputation for his stories about English country life.

 

During the World War II, he was a squadron leader in the RAF and was commissioned to write stories about service life, which he published under the pseudonym of 'Flying Officer X'.

 

In 1958 the Larkin family appeared for the first time in The Darling Buds of May, the first of the enduringly popular Larkin family novels.

 

H. E. Bates was awarded the CBE in 1973 and died in 1974.


Reviews
 

 

'A bewitching minor classic of personal and social history... A book blessed with an almost indecent dose of period charm'

The Independent

 

 

'Three splendid autobiographies... Full of vivid pictures of his age, they contain two unconscious fairy-tales: the peasant-boy singled out by magic and talent for a nobler life, and the successful man punished by jealous rivals.'

The Guardian


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