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A Stinging Delight (Hardback)

David Storey

A powerful memoir by an extraordinary literary figure; rugby player, artist, acclaimed playwright and Booker Prize winning novelist.

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The third son of a coalminer, David Storey takes us from his tough upbringing in Wakefield, to being ‘sold’ to Leeds Rugby League Club, to his escape to the Slade School of Art and his life in post-war London. He describes shocking scenes in the seventeen deprived East End schools in which he taught. He documents the childhood death of his eldest brother, addressing much of the memoir to him and exploring how this relates to his own sometimes paralysing depression, which haunted most of his life. And yet, a prolific and celebrated writer, he recalls heady spells in New York, close relationships in the theatre with Joycelyn Herbert, Ralph Richardson and Lindsay Anderson, early success with This Sporting Life, and winning the Booker Prize for his novel Saville.

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Perhaps his most remarkable and gripping work.

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A Stinging Delight is mesmerising...its abiding quality is, in the end, a kind of fearlessness.

The Times
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Deeply moving...A Stinging Delight is an engrossing memoir.

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Full in equal parts of vividness and pathos

New Statesman
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‘A Stinging Delight is a gripping, sad but very worthy book.’

British Theatre Guide
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