Publication, in one volume, of Bates's three acclaimed autobiographies: The Vanished World, The Blossoming World and The World in Ripeness
'A bewitching minor classic of personal and social history... A book blessed with an almost indecent dose of period charm'
'Three splendid autobiographies...'
Combining Bates's three acclaimed autobiographies, this rich and evocative memoir is a tribute to the life and work of one of the most prolific and popular of English writers.
Born in 1905 the son of a Northamptonshire cobbler, Bates traces his progress from the Nene Valley of his childhood, through the early years of a well-received but penniless young writer, to the wartime commission from the Air Ministry and the pseudonym of 'Flying Officer X' that transformed his career.
Celebrated for his memorable characters and lyrical evocation of period and place, Bates depicts the rural delights of the vanished world, meetings and friendships with the famous and extraordinary, and the fascinating experiences of the roving correspondent in France, India and Burma. Whether describing tea with Lawrence of Arabia or lunch with Graham Greene, Bates's versatile, lively and irreverent mind makes this collected volume a captivating read.