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H. E. Bates

a.k.a. Herbert Ernest Bates, Flying Officer X *

Author Code: EHBT

Born: May 16, 1905 - Rushden, Northamptonshire, England

Died: Jan. 29, 1974 - Little Chart, Kent, England

Bates was educated at Kettering Grammar School and was encouraged to write by his English teacher who recognized his abilities. After he left school he began working as a junior reporter for a Wellingborough newspaper, but soon left and took a job at a leather factor's warehouse. His new job afforded Bates much idle time and it was then that he filled the time by writing, producing his first novel, The Two Sisters, which was finally published in 1926.He then began working for John & Edward Bumpus, a London bookseller who published his book The Seekers at Christmas as a gift for their customers. Bates became a prolific and varied author who won critical acclaim as well as a large popular audience. During World War II he served in the Royal Air Force and was commissioned to write stories of military service. Using the pseudonym of Flying Officer X, his stories became phenomenally successful and were subsequently published in book form as The Greatest People in the World (1942) and How Sleep the Brave (1943). Bates also spent some time in Burma and India which was later reflected in some of his novels. Following the war, he continued to produce a short story collection and a novel every year. He was awarded a CBE in 1973. Today, Bates is probably best remembered for his hugely successful The Darling Buds of May (1958). Many of his works were made into films and he worked himself on a number of screenplays. His other works include Catherine Foster (1929), Charlotte's Row (1931), My Uncle Silas (1939), Fair Stood the Wind for France (1944), The Purple Plain (1947), Edward Garnett (1950), Love for Lydia (1952), Death of a Huntsman (1957), Oh, To Be in England (1963), A Little of What You Fancy (1970) and The Song of the Wren (1972).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
EHBT002 The Bridge 1940 14 159k eBook Download PDF - 'The Bridge' (EHBT002) Find a printed copy of The Bridge by H. E. Bates at AbeBooks
EHBT001 The Lily 1933 6 119k eBook Download PDF - 'The Lily' (EHBT001) Find a printed copy of The Lily by H. E. Bates at AbeBooks

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