Through the Woods
by H.E. Bates

Life in an English woodland, from April to April, Through the Woods is H E Bates enchanted hymn to the woods he knew in his youth.

Author: H.E. Bates

Introduction: Laura Beatty

Published: May 2011


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‘A wood that we can see and taste and smell’
Laura Beatty

H.E. Bates carried a woodland in his imagination. He fell under its spell as a boy growing up in the Midlands, becoming increasingly enchanted each time he stepped below the wooded canopy. Memory magnified its mystery over the years, enriching his stories as he grew successful as a writer. But why did this place become a part of him? What are the qualities of all woodlands that make them so special?

Set in Kent, Bates returns to those trees of his youth to breath life into the changing character of a single woodland year, revealing how precious they are to the English countryside. Our new edition is illustrated throughout with Agnes Miller Parker’s wonderful engravings.


Introduced by Laura Beatty
Cover illustration by Nicholas Hely Hutchinson

216 x 156mm sewn paperback with flaps
144 pages with 14 engravings by Agnes Miller Parker
ISBN 978 1 908213 02 0

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Weight350 g
Dimensions14 x 156 x 216 mm


  1. ‘If we follow HE Bates we find a wood that we can see and taste and smell, that closes over our heads with its loose canopy and its slim trunks and its patterns of light closely observed and reconstructed, a wood full of slow change, of a procession of leaves and flowers, rustling with the footfall of unseen creatures.’

    So writes Laura Beatty in her fantastic introduction to HE Bates’s Through the Woods, republished by the good folk at Caught by the River.

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