A Stinging Delight: A Memoir (Hardback)
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A Stinging Delight: A Memoir (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 03/06/2021
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The posthumous memoir of the Booker Prize-winning author of Saville and This Sporting Life chronicles a bruising youth in Wakefield, challenging times as a teacher in London’s impoverished East End and a literary success that gained him improbable entry into a world of celebrity and glamour.   

The third son of a coalminer, David Storey takes us from his tough upbringing in Wakefield, to being 'sold' to Leeds Rugby League Club, to his escape to the Slade School of Art and his life in post-war London. He describes shocking scenes in the seventeen deprived East End schools in which he taught. He documents the childhood death of his eldest brother, addressing much of the memoir to him and exploring how this relates to his own sometimes paralysing depression, which haunted most of his life. And yet, a prolific and celebrated writer, he recalls heady spells in New York, close relationships in the theatre with Joycelyn Herbert, Ralph Richardson and Lindsay Anderson, early success with This Sporting Life, and winning the Booker Prize for his novel Saville.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571360314
Number of pages: 432
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
Edition: Main

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