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Selected Stories

First Published in 1957 by Penguin Books.

Selected Stories

This book contains a selection of stories which illustrate the world of ordinary people in the country, village, or provincial town; a world actuated by love, fear, jealousy, avarice, and most other 'ordinary' emotions, and little touched by politics, social changes, or religious movements in the world at large, and whose greatest concern is with personal relationships, about which Mr Bates writes with candour and delicacy.

"His tales have, what current short-story writing of the more literary type so often lacks, a real vitality, a kind of sunlit vivacity of phrase and incident, which gives brightness to stories even of relatively sombre themes... He can mingle comedy and emotion with fine balance. He is always sensitive, often tender, and has a fine detachment in narrative and power of complete evocation in description."
The Times.

  1. Preface
  2. The Mill
  3. Chateau Bougainvillaea
  4. The Ox
  5. Cut and Come Again
  6. The Station
  7. Harvest Moon
  8. The Bridge
  9. The Kimono
  10. The Beauty of the Dead
  11. The Loved One
  12. I Am Not Myself
  13. The Earth
  14. Love is not Love
  15. A German Idyll
  16. Mr Penfold
  17. Breeze Anstey

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