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Shabby Tiger

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This was one of Howard Spring's earlier novels, and it is probably the one that first shows his great feeling for Manchester, with the adventures of the likes of Nick Faunt, an artist; Anna Fitzgerald; Charlie 'Piggy' White; and it marks the introduction of Rachel Rosing, who, of course, became the main character in the sequel.
Published by Fontana (first published 1934)
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Cathy McGough
Must've been quite controversial at the time of publication - Howard Spring's rich characters and story lines never fail me - and this was an excellent read from cover to cover!
Oct 20, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
I have decided to read more books based around my local area. Manchester, Lancashire, the North West, etc. This book is a favourite of my mum's and one I've been seeing on the shelves forever. It was about time I read it.

The tale starts with Anna, a maid, running away from her job. She meets up with Nick, an artist, and their story is told. It incorporates many other characters, all of whom added interest for me. The cast spans the Manchester classes from just above the very bottom to the top. W
Jul 16, 2016 Simon rated it really liked it
A true tale of Manchester. Gosh it made me nostalgic for my own three years there living among artists and musicians. I liked a drink back then and knew the pubs of the 80s in the way that Nick and Anna and Rachel and Piggy knew the pubs of the 30s. I was there in the in between bit when they didn't have trams. It's a good novel, in some ways a great novel but by gosh it's a novel that makes you want to read it. In fact I'm tempted to get on a train to near Chester and to travel the route of the ...more
Sep 08, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
Re-reading my way through all the Howard Spring novels, starting with this, his first one, written in 1934. Although it seems rather dated at the beginning, and slightly "overwritten" for today's tastes, all the ingredients are there which made his later novels masterpieces: good, well-told stories, superb characterisation, compassion, humour, sorrow, and the understanding of the sufferings of the "little people" at the bottom of the pile.
Feb 15, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing
One star for remembrance, the rest because it's a bloody good story, fresh as when it was written in 1934. Been on my bookshelves so long the writing on the spine had faded to nothing and consequently I forgot I had it, but immediately I began reading I was transported back to my teens. And, hallelujah, I've the sequel still to read.
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HOWARD SPRING was an immensely popular and successful writer, who enjoyed a large following of readers from the 1940s to the 1960s; and though, since his death in 1965, he has become rather neglected, his books are still worth seeking out for their terrific storytelling and the quality of the writing. He was certainly painstaking and professional in his approach. Every morning he would shut ...more
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