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A Kind of Loving
A Kind of Loving
A Kind of Loving
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A Kind of Loving

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Originally published in 1960, this popular novel about frustrated youth laid the groundwork for contemporary writers such as Tony Parsons and Nick Hornby. All about love, lust, and loneliness, the book introduces Vic Brown, a young working-class Yorkshireman. Vic is attracted to the beautiful but demanding Ingrid, and as their relationship grows and changes, he comes to terms—the hard way—with adult life and what it really means to love. The influence of Barstow's novel has been lasting: the literary label "lad-lit" was first applied to this book, and over the years it has been adapted for radio, television, and the big screen.
Release dateApr 1, 2011
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Stan Barstow

Fiction writer and dramatist, Barstow was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. He attended Ossett Grammar School, then began writing in 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. His first great success was the novel A Kind of Loving, which became a film directed by John Schlesinger and starring Alan Bates. Since then he has produced eleven novels and three books of short stories, many set in the fictional mining town of Cressley, as well as TV scripts and material for the radio and theatre. Other works include the novels Ask Me Tomorrow (1962), and Joby, which was turned into a television play starring Patrick Stewart. For the last ten years of his life he made his home in South Wales with the distinguished radio dramatist Diana Griffiths. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Welsh Academy and an Honorary Master of Arts of the Open University.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    I decided that, for September, I'm going to read (at least) one book for each letter of the alphabet, by author surname. So A Kind of Loving is 'B' (I'm not doing it in order). Mum read it a while ago and gave it to me. It's published by Parthian press, which usually means Welsh fiction, but actually this is from the place where I grew up -- Stan Barstow was born a stone's throw from where I spent my teens. He renders the place well, though most of the focus is on the relationship at the story's centre.

    Mostly, it's about a guy -- the narrator -- who likes a girl, thinks he loves her, and though it turns out that he doesn't, he still 'has' to do the decent thing and marry her. The social pressures and so on of the time are explored a bit, and family/social class problems.

    Nothing revolutionary, but well enough told.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I bought this book because I remember reading it at school so many years ago I almost hate to admit it!! It took me right back to the days of growing up in the 60's very nostalgic!! It tells the story of Vic a young Yorkshire lad, son of a Yorkshire miner growing to manhood and trying to make his way in the world, but not quite knowing how to get there. He is caught up in the times when you had to make an honest woman of your girl, which is what he does when his girlfriend Ingrid becomes pregnant.On the face of it Vic is a right jack the lad who wants to taste life and sow his wild oats without any complications, but the reader is aware that Vic really is good, honest young man with dreams and aspirations that evey young lad has. The tough decisions that he and Ingrid have to make that could make of break them, are ones that thousands of young people went through before contraception and the less severe moral codes of today. A really good story with lovely yorkshire isms throughout!!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    There is a positive way of reviewing this iconic sixties novel - which has been used as a set text in schools! - and a negative, the latter summed up in two words: Vic Brown. Seriously, I love the six