Likes of Us by Stan Barstow
Stories of Five Decades

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A classic selection of the best of Stan Barstow's stories, covering the last five decades of British life. A group of young tearaways on a night out that begins with horse-play and ends in tragedy; the loneliness of a drunken miner's wife; a war-shocked ex-sailor forced beyond endurance, a widower is brought to grief by a woman outside his real understanding, and a factory worker finding his way through the physical world of his marriage. Real and involving, Barstow's stories are urgent slices of life, men and women struggling and succeeding to come to terms with The Likes of Us. Along with Alan Sillitoe and John Braine, Stan Barstow was considered one of the pioneers of the 1960s school of northern literary realism, paving the way for contemporary authors like Nick Hornby.

About Stan Barstow

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Stan Barstow is the author of a dozen books, including Ask Me Tomorrow, A Kind of Loving, his autobiography In My Own Good Time, The Right True End, and The Watchers on the Shore; three books of short stories; and various scripts for TV, radio, and theater.
Published July 1, 2013 by Parthian Books. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Apr 05 2013

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