Stan Barstow's stories... have what is so rare in a successful writer a kind of primary vision, a feeling for characters, the mileux he originally knew and might have grown away from. He speaks for urban provincial life with piercing vividness; for a particular outlook and mortality that few other writers touch...' -- Financial Times
'Extraordinarily good' -- The Daily Telegraph
'A master storyteller' -- The Times
'Right up in the same class as D.H.Lawrence' -- The Guardian
'A major writer' -- Punch
'Barstow has endured in a way that his Establishment contemporaries, such as C. P. Snow, have not' --The Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Along with Alan Sillitoe and John Braine, Stan Barstow is considered one of the pioneers of the 1960s school of northern literary realism. A Kind of Loving became a film directed by John Schlesinger and starring Alan Bates. He has produced eleven novels and three books of short stories, as well as TV scripts. Other novels include Ask Me Tomorrow (1962), The Watchers on the Shore (1966) and The Right True End (1976). He lived in Pontardawe, South Wales until his death in 2011.