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H. E. Bates was born in Northamptonshire in 1905. He published his first novel, The Two Sisters, when he was twenty, and for the next decade built up a reputation as a writer of great versatility. During the Second World War Bates was commissioned by the RAF as a short story writer, where he wrote the acclaimed How Sleep the Brave and The Greatest People in the World. His most popular creation was the effervescent Larkin family about whom he wrote five novels including The Darling Buds of May and A Little of What You Fancy. In 1973 H. E. Bates was awarded the C.B.E. He died in 1974.

Books by H.E. Bates

How Sleep The Brave

Heroic and moving accounts of the R. A. F. in war time by the author of Fair Stood the Wind for France and The Darling Buds of May

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My Uncle Silas

A new edition of the famous stories first published in magazines in the 1930s

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