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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Launch of Mike Yates' Book on Ralph Bates this Saturday 9th August 12-3pm

You are cordially invited to a book launch and signing session at Pen & Paper for the book "Ralph Bates - Swindon's unknown author" by Mike Yates.

Mike will be here on Saturday 9th August 12-3pm and will be happy to sign books and discuss Ralph Bates' life and work.

Ralph Bates was a "better writer than Ernest Hemingway" according to Time Magazine and enjoyed a remarkable life starting in the railway factory before fighting in the Spanish civil war and becoming Professor of English Literature at New York University.

Mike has put a website together where you can read more about this fascinating Swindonian. 
www.theralphbatesproject.co.uk

This photograph of Ralph Bates has been used for the cover, there are some fascinating photographs inside, including one of the former technical college on Victoria Hill where Ralph went to school.

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