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Stan Barstow and South Riding

Stan Barstow died last year.  He wrote A Kind of Loving, and somehow got himself included under the ‘angry young men’ tag of the mid 1950s. He just caught the tail end – along with David Storey’s This Sporting

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Secrets of a Titanic Victim: the story of the real My Fair Lady

Reinkarnation’s job is to wade through the sea of lost books, trawling for big fish that might otherwise have slipped away unnoticed. Although 40 years old One Last Mad Embrace can hold its own against today’s fiction. Under Plum Lake

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Under Plum Lake picked for anthology

Called upon to pick the very best in the world for their new anthology A Little Aloud for Children someone somewhere decide to reach into the past and enrol Under Plum Lake in the project (it’s a charity in …

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Where Horace started

I Sit in Hanger Lane is out this month. It marked the first appearance in print of Horace Spurgeon Fenton*– an unlikely name for an unlikely hero. ‘The shambling talented Horace’ was how the Sunday Times  described him. It’s possible …

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Putting Story to bed

A time for muted celebration as Jack Trevor Story ‘s I Sit in Hanger Lane is put to bed and sent off to the printers. It’s out on 5th December 2011, and means we now have the full Horace Spurgeon …

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Susan George, Straw Dogs, and what happened next?

The first thing you think is ‘they can’t possibly do that without me, how dare they?’ says Susan George – star of the original Straw Dogs on hearing news of the latest version, out September.  The short answer is – …

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