by Sam Barstow - £8.99 Parthian Books (2010)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781906998356 | ISBN 10: 1906998353
Originally published in 1960, Stan Barstow's debut novel became a cult classic.
A tale of love, lust and loneliness, it tells the story of Vic Brown a young working-class Yorkshireman. Vic is attracted to the beautiful but demanding Ingrid. As their relationship grows and changes he comes to terms, the hard way, with adult life and what it really means to love. Barstow is the originator of lad-lit and laid the groundwork for contemporary writers such as Tony Parsons and Nick Hornby.
This book has been adapted for radio and both the small and big screens, as well as being a school set text for many years. This edition is published to coincide with the dramatisation of the book on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour during July 2010.
"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."
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