A Kind of Loving
Vic meets the beautiful but demanding Ingrid and learns about love, lust and life the hard way in the industrial north of the 1950s. Along with Alan Sillitoe, John Braine and Keth Waterhouse he is considered one of the pioneers of the 1960s school of northern literary realism. Stan Barstow’s landmark ‘Brit-Lit’ novel of the sixties immortalized Vic Brown, the amiable working-class lad from the North and led the way for author’s like Nick Hornby writing similar slice-of-life drama. First published in 1960, it has long been used as a set text in British schools. It has also been translated at various times into a film of the same name starring Alan Bates (1962), a television series (1973) starring Clive Wood, a radio play and a stage play.
'In the five decades since its initial publication, A Kind of Loving has lost none of its power; indeed, its contemporary relevance is astonishing. Barstow's work, in its empathetic anger and passion and integrity, has long been a hope and a beacon for the socially engaged and politically committed writer and reader and this re-issue of one of the last century's finest novels is not only a boon but a necessity. Such is the mark of great and imperishable literature.' Niall Griffiths '...warmth, liveliness, honesty, compassion...' Sunday Times
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