The World in ripeness book cover


H.E. wrote three volumes of his autobiography: The Vanished World, The Blossoming World and The World in Ripeness.

Methuen Books have plans to republish all three titles as paperback editions.

Flowers and Faces, Through The Woods, Down The River, and Edward Garnett are also good sources of material on H.E.'s family.

Further genealogical information can be found on the website of the Rushden Research Group:

"On my mother’s side a line of solid if not sober peasantry; on my father’s side a by no means solid and a very doubtfully sober line of good-for-nothing fishermen and bird-lovers and field-moochers…"

Family tree

Extended Family

Many of H.E.'s family act as inspiration for characters:

1. William Lawrence — a biography

2. Mary Ann Vaughan — a biography

3. Charles Lawrence — a biography

4. Deborah Bates — a biography

5. Joseph Bates — a biography

6. Eli Bates — a biography

7. Elizabeth Osborne — a biography

8. George Lucas — a biography

9. Priscilla Bird — a biography

10. Joseph Betts — a biography

11. Matilda Bird — a biography

12. Albert Bates — a biography

13. Lizzie Lucas — a biography

14. Marjorie Cox — a biography

15. Edna and Stanley Bates — biographies

16. Ann, Judith, Richard and Jonathan Bates — biographies

17. May Larkins — a biography

18. Samuel Houghton — a biography

19. Mary Fennell — A Memory

Writing, like medicine and gardening, is not an exact science. There are no rules and I do not believe it can be taught. In essence it is a process of discovery.
- H.E. Bates

Autobiographical Volumes

Complete autobiography book cover
The World in ripeness book cover
The Vanished world book cover
Blossoming World book cover

Did you know?

His name would have been H.E. Lawrence, if his grandfather had married his grandmother, Deborah Bates

H.E.'s grandfather and wife were both born in the same thatched cottage.

His second cousin, May Larkin, was married to a farmer, loved cooking for big family gatherings and was affectionately known in the village as 'Larky Larkin'.