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1976 Booker Prize Winner

Saville by David Storey


Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Length: 560 pages

About: Growing up in mining village

Style: 3rd person

Where: England (South Yorkshire)

When: 1930s


Publisher’s synopsis:

Set in South Yorkshire, this is the story of Colin Saville's struggle to come to terms with his family - his mercurial, ambitious father, his deep-feeling, long-suffering mother - and to escape the stifling heritage of the raw mining community into which he was born.



'"What are the teachers like," his father said.

"They call them masters."

"Masters. Masters. What are the masters like?"

"They're very strict."…

"I can see they believe in work," his father said.

"That's the motto: work is pleasure." He pointed to the blazer. His father laughed.

"Sithee, not where I work then," he said. "The one who wrote that has never been down yon."'




It's been suggested that Saville won the Booker because of a left-wing desire to give it to something written from the workers' perspective. Having read the book, I'm willing to believe it won the prize simply because it's a class act.

The Guardian Book Blogs, Sam Jordison, November 18th 2008 for full review click here


Not so good:

This messy, somber, minutely-focused novel of childhood and growth, fiercely autobiographical in tone, is David Storey's most ambitious book so far... He has always been notable for an unfashionable seriousness, and here it is almost overwhelming.

Eric Korn, Times Literary Supplement, 24th September 1976


About the author

David Storey was born in July 1933 in Wakefield, Yorkshire His plays include The Restoration of Arnold Middleton (1967), The Contractor (1969), Home (1970) and The Changing Room (1972), all of which won the New York Critics Best Play of the Year Award. His first novel, This Sporting Life, was published in 1960. It won the Macmillan Fiction Award and was adapted as a film starring Richard Harris. His novels include Flight into Camden (1960), Radcliffe (1963), and Pasmore (1972) which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1972. David Storey lives in London.







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