Jasper Rees

Remembering David Storey, giant of postwar English culture

The writer's newly published posthumous memoir is perhaps his most remarkable and gripping work

‘How could I paint a picture or write a poem while our father was hacking at a coalface?’: David Storey with his beloved father Frank, in a photograph taken by Lindsay Anderson, 1961. Credit: courtesy of the Storey family

There is a famous story about David Storey. It is set in 1976 at the Royal Court where, for ten years, his plays had first been seen before heading away to the West End and Broadway. That same week he had won the Booker Prize with his novel Saville. With unrivalled success across fiction, theatre and cinema, Storey was a giant of postwar English culture.

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