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Blue plaque unveiled at Bates' former home

May 18th 2012

A new plaque was unveiled at the former home of H.E.Bates in Rushden, Northamptonshire. The blue plaque, on the house in Essex Road, where Bates lived from 1914 to 1931 and where he wrote many of his early works, was unveiled on May 16th - the anniversary of his birth in 1905. Afterwards a tea party was held in Rushden Hall, the setting for Love For Lydia.

Read the full story in the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph.

Facebook Page reaches 100!

March 17th 2012

The H.E.Bates Facebook Page has now reached 100 Likes. Took a long time but we finally got there!

Madge & Richard Bates interviewed on Wogan

March 4th 2012

Back in the early 1990s with The Darling Buds Of May proving a huge hit on British TVs, Bates' widow Madge and son, Richard, appeared on primetime TV show, Wogan. Andrew Wicks has shared this interview on the Facebook page and it makes delightful viewing.

'L'Aviateur anglais'

January 13th 2012

Thanks in part to the campaigning of Bates fan Régine Bobée, it's great to hear that, for the first time since the 1960s, H.E.Bates has been translated and pubished in France and how fitting that it should be Fair Stood The Wind For France (traslated as L'Aviateur anglais) too!

Régine first contacted The Vanished World in January 2011 when she told us that she'd been a fand of Bates' work since discovering his writing as a student. She had been campaigning to get H.E. published in France, even suggesting to publishers that she would be willing to translate the stories herself. Unfortunately, she didn't translate this book but is hopeful of getting a chance in the future.

Darling Buds Of May - Folio Society edition

August 24th 2011

The Folio Society have published a beautiful new edition of The Darling Buds of May featuring six colour illustrations.

Through The Woods republished

Through The Woods featuring the wonderful, original engravings of Agnes Miller Parker, has been recently republished by Little Toller Books.