David Storey RIP


The novelist has died. He wrote This Sporting Life, the rugby league story about life up north in the late 1950s. It was later filmed (1963) by director Lindsay Anderson, starring Richard Harris – perhaps the last of the British ‘New Wave’ movies. Both the book and the film are real crackers.


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

4 thoughts on “David Storey RIP

  1. A similar writer to Allan Sillitoe and Stan Barstow, weren’t they referred to as the ‘angry young men’

  2. I’m pretty sure the label emerged from the performance of “Look Back In Anger” by John Osborne at the Royal Court in 1956, Phil. There’s always a tendency for the media to need a label (Merseybeat, Britpop etc) and most of the writers resisted it, but there did tend to be a common examination of working-class relationships and life; sometimes described too as ‘Kitchen Sink’. I’m very fond of much of it.

  3. Tha.nks for the explanation Dave, that makes sense. Yes i like the direction those authors took and i’ve read pretty much all of Allan Sillitoes work. He did on occasion move away from the working class theme of his earlier work and he was well travelled but his Nottingham working class roots were never far away from his narratives.Very real stuff

    • There’s the truly wonderful movie “Saturday Night & Sunday Morning” which he wrote as a novel and then did the screenplay – starred Albert Finney – terrific stuff!

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