• These stories, wry, often poignant, still move the reader today

    The Times
  • After 60 years of writing and reading, I would place H.E. Bates as one of the best short-story writers of my time

    Graham Greene
  • One of the most vividly evocative writers of English ... able to conjure up in a handful of words whole landscapes and moods

  • H.E. Bates could achieve a quality of lyrical intensity that few contemporary novelists can match

    Times Literary Supplement
  • He was without an equal in England in the kind of story he had made his own and stood in the direct line of succession of fiction writers of English countryside and that includes George Eliot, Hardy and D. H. Lawrence

    The Times

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