08 August 2011
Posted in Books and Poetry
The novelist and scriptwriter Stan Barstow died last week at the age of 83.
His best-known book, A Kind Of Loving, was also adapted into both a film and a TV series. The work was part of a trilogy that included The Watchers on the Shore and The Right True End.
In 1974 Barstow, who was a long-standing Writers' Guild member, won two Guild Awards: Best British Dramatisation (for South Riding) and Best British Radio Drama Script (for We Could Always Fit A Sidecar).
Hensher writes: 'With the death of Stan Barstow, a distinctive and important part of English fiction comes to an end. Barstow was a working-class writer who emerged from what has been called an "unlettered" background thanks to grammar schools, a temporary vogue for his subjects, and a loose circle of similar, gifted writers.'