WINNER OF THE 1976 BOOKER PRIZE’
If you are looking for an intellectual and artistic honesty, a patient thoughtfulness and detailed insight into other lives…this novel will delight and move you’ Guardian
In spite of his brilliance, Colin Saville doesn’t fit in easily at the grammar school in town – 1940s middle-class society is so different from the mining village of his childhood. He makes tentative friendships and meets girls over long, empty summers but feels like an outsider with them and, increasingly, at home. Following the pattern of David Storey’s own early years, Saville is a remarkably honest portrait of the tensions between parents and children, the difficulties of making one’s own way in life, and the social divisions that persist still.