The Purple Plain

£9.99

Bates, H. E.

18/05/2006 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413775979

About The Purple Plain

 'It haunts you, alike for the queer and mounting suspense and for the masterly portraits of the three men' The Sunday Times

'Few writers have a more exact feel for texture - of a flower, a face, a silence - and it is this that has value' The Spectator

H. E. Bates's popular wartime novel tells the story of three very different men who, after their aircraft crashes, are forced to trek miles across the Burmese wilderness to safety. The story is told through the eyes of Forrester, embittered by his wife's death in the Blitz but just beginning to find happiness again in a Burmese community. Forrester takes the lead in the men's journey across the desert in the unforgiving heat. His task is a difficult one as young Carrington, though brave, can't walk and frightened Blore disappears...

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
 

 

'It haunts you, alike for the queer and mounting suspense and for the masterly portraits of the three men'

The Sunday Times

 

 

'The atmosphere of both [The Purple Plain and The Jacaranda Tree], and some characters, stay with you: drawn with simple, often touching force.'

The Guardian


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