Castle in the Air

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Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air Visiting his aunt s pub is normally a waiting game sitting outside to avoid the musty smell of beer and bacca But when old Smiler takes a seat beside him sucking in pint after pint through his ginge

  • Title: Castle in the Air
  • Author: H.E. Bates
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Visiting his aunt s pub is normally a waiting game, sitting outside to avoid the musty smell of beer and bacca But when old Smiler takes a seat beside him, sucking in pint after pint through his gingery whiskers, a whole new world of battles and bones opens up before him H E Bates a prolific English novelist and short story writer wrote Castle in the Air for The EVisiting his aunt s pub is normally a waiting game, sitting outside to avoid the musty smell of beer and bacca But when old Smiler takes a seat beside him, sucking in pint after pint through his gingery whiskers, a whole new world of battles and bones opens up before him H E Bates a prolific English novelist and short story writer wrote Castle in the Air for The Evening News in 1957, but the story was never re printed in any of his later collections In fact, its existence was forgotten until 2013 when it was spotted accidentally during a rummage through a newspaper archive On re discovering this charming and humorous short story which exemplifies H.E Bates s great skill of drawing vivid characters and his ability to create an almost tangible sense of a place Bates s descendants felt it had to be shared with a wider audience.Bloomsbury Reader is delighted to be re publishing Castle in the Air alongside the whole body of H E Bates s short fiction and novellas, and here we offer it as a free taste of Bates s irresistible writing.

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    One thought on “Castle in the Air

    1. Snoakes on said:

      This was free to download to publicise the fact that Bloomsbury are publishing all of H E Bates short stories as e-books. I'd not read any before (although I watched The Darling Buds of May when it was on telly years ago) so I thought it'd see what I thought. It's ok - not much in the way of story, well-drawn characters and a strong sense of place and time. I can't say it's inspired me to read any more H E Bates though.

    2. Cockneylen on said:

      Read some HE Bates when I was younger, and dipped in again with this short story. Yeah, it was OK, but there was really no discernible point to the story. However, it did smack of country life many years ago, so was pleasant enough.

    3. catherine on said:

      I downloaded this for free, like the other reviewer and share the same opinion, however I felt like it wasted my time by posing as an insightful read.

    4. Courtney on said:

      I liked it, however I felt it fell a little flat. The ending was lacking.

    5. Rachel on said:

      I would say that Smiler appears in the Uncle Silas stories, the boy's Grandmother definitely sounds familiar! Bates evokes a great atmosphere of time and place in this little gem.

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