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The Fallow Land. H.E. Bates

The Fallow Land.

H.E. Bates

Published December 1936
ISBN : 9780224600279
Hardcover
256 pages
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The Fallow Land was the author’s fourth novel, his first set in the English Midlands around about the time of the first World War. It is a sort of historical novel about a rural world which has long since disappeared, and is not written today. It wasMoreThe Fallow Land was the author’s fourth novel, his first set in the English Midlands around about the time of the first World War. It is a sort of historical novel about a rural world which has long since disappeared, and is not written today. It was to some degree inspired by Bates’s childhood memories of his grandfather Lucas and it is said that it is a least partly the old man’s story. It concerns the struggle of three generations of a farming family in the Nene Valley –most notably the unfortunate Deborah Loveday. Deborah marries Jess Mortimer, who soon leaves her to embark on a life of dissipation, while she remains to work the farm with Mortimer’s old man, a task to which she devotes herself throughout the rest of her life with passion and courage, while bringing up troubled sons Benjamin and David. The novel was highly praised at the time of its publication, and the pity is that it is probably largely forgotten today, and it is unlikely to be in print.Other characters include Mrs Arbuthnot, Abraham and Mrs Mortomer, the Twelvetree family.KF