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A Temporary Life
by David Storey
After seven plays and four novels, all widely acclaimed, David Storey now presents a first-person account of certain incidents in the temporary life of Colin Freestone, a one-time professional boxer turned artist. On the occasion of his wife's breakdown, Freestone returns with her to her home town in the norther and takes a job in the local art school. Here we meet a whole ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 1986 by Jonathan Cape Ltd.
(first published January 1st 1973)
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Incredible lack of recognition, I read this 1973 book in about 1985 - it seemed ancient then. It was at a second hand bookshop either in South France or North Italy on a holiday to Florence. A fantastic book to read, and a great achievement to write. The style is a bit out of the ordinary but easy to read. The story is gripping and moving, especially the wife who can't take the cruelty of the world. The hero's pugnaciousness is a bit shocking at first but very thought provoking and memorable.
David Storey is an English playwright, screenwriter, award-winning novelist and a former professional rugby league player. Storey was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1933, and studied at the Slade School of Art. His first two novels were both published in 1960, a few months apart: This Sporting Life, which won the Macmillan Fiction Award and was adapted for an award-winning 1963 film, and Flight I ...moreMore about David Storey...