The Jacaranda Tree


Bates, H. E.

18/05/2006 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413775993

About The Jacaranda Tree

 'One of the most exciting and perfectly executed pieces of fiction that I have ever read' The Spectator

'Few writers have a more exact feel for texture - of a flower, a face, a silence - and it is this that has value' The Spectator

H. E. Bates's acclaimed novel set in Burma

During the Second World War members of a small English community are forced to flee when Japanese forces invade Burma. Paterson, the manager of a rice mill, organises the evacuation and takes with him his Burmese mistress and her young brother. The rest of the party take along their prejudices, their pettiness and their squabbles, and a small enclave of English insularity moves north through Burma. Inevitably, as the journey continues, bitterness, tension and insoluble conflict unfold... Inspired by Bates's period of service in the Eastern theatre of war, The Jacaranda Tree skilfully evokes the atmosphere in Burma during the chaos of invasion.


H. E. Bates


H. E. Bates was born in 1905 at Rushden in Northamptonshire and was educated at Kettering Grammar School. He worked as a journalist and clerk on a local newspaper before publishing his first book after which he quickly acquired a reputation for his stories about English country life.


During the World War II, he was a squadron leader in the RAF and was commissioned to write stories about service life, which he published under the pseudonym of 'Flying Officer X'.


In 1958 the Larkin family appeared for the first time in The Darling Buds of May, the first of the enduringly popular Larkin family novels.


H. E. Bates was awarded the CBE in 1973 and died in 1974.



'The atmosphere of both [The Purple Plain and The Jacaranda Tree], and some characters, stay with you: drawn with simple, often touching force.'


The Guardian

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