I take a long look at H.E.Bates’ grim story of abuse and exploitation, The Mill, on the Thresholds website – here. The study focuses on the three men in Alice Hartop’s life: her father, her abusive employer, and the compassionate and perceptive Albert, her employer’s son.


There’s a study of Bates’ short story, The Little Farm, in the first volume of my series of essays on short stories and their writers, Readings For Writers, available –here.