Love for Lydia
In a long distant youth, on a dusty library shelf,
I first discovered the works of H. E Bates.
‘Love for Lydia’ was my favourite book.
It told of a fabulous, unreachable world,
Of country houses and a sheltered, selfish girl
and how a boy at once is smitten
and journeys to eventual commitment.
I sent you an order across the web,
so I could re-read that book from my long distant youth,
So what, Dear Amazon, sparked in your inhuman head
and made you send me Jane Fonda’s ‘Love for Lycra’ instead.
Love for Lydia is a semi-autobiographical novel written by British author H. E. Bates, first published in 1952.