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This Artistic Life

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  8 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
This Artistic Life is a new anthology by Barry Hines, the author of Kes (A Kestral for a Knave).

These short stories, many previously unpublished, cover sport and reflections on his home village of Hoyland Common in Barnsley, its landscape and the colourful characters that people it. Most of the pieces were written at the same time as his seminal novel which has been a stap
Published May 1st 2009 by Pomona Books
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Steven Kay
Apr 01, 2015 Steven Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: football-fiction
Three of the stories would be rated a 5 on their own: Another Jimmy Dance, Tottenham Hotspurs and First Reserve, which make this collection worth buying for themselves; some of the other writing is interesting as much for the insights into Barry Hines, the man. It makes for an eclectic mix of reminiscences, short stories and poems.

For me, though, it is these three short stories that stand out. The first two are similar tales of football in the 1970s. Anyone who remembers those days: running arou
Aug 29, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok
Some repetition, needs some editing, and could do with reordering. However, there are some entertaining passages, and some touching moments of working-class life (this is Hines after all), without a hint of voyeurism. Worth getting if you grew up in around Barnsley, or if you can getting it for a couple of quid (as I did).

Mar 09, 2015 Ian rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Barry Hines is perhaps best known as the author of Kes. This book is a collection of short stories and poetry from his earlier career.

It centres on the themes of northern working class life and football. Although there are some repeated ideas there's also some sharp and very evocative writing making for a fascinating portrait of a now largely lost world.
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