Herbert Ernest Bates, better known as H.E. Bates, was an English writer and author. His best-known works include Love for Lydia, The Darling Buds of May and My Uncle Silas.
After WW2, he averaged roughly one novel and a collection of short stories a year, which was considered highly productive at the time. These included The Feast of July and Love for Lydia. His most popular creation was the Larkin family in The Darling Buds of May.