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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Storey Narrator: Stephen McGann Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780002460
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In post-war Britain, a cultural arts movement emerged from bleak times. Marked by its style of social realism, it was commonly known as “kitchen sink drama” for depicting in detail the domestic lives of the working class. One of the best in this genre, David Storey’s This Sporting Life, is set in the industrial Northern England, and brilliantly conveys twenty-one-year-old steelworker Arthur Machin’s love of his rugby league, his success on the field, and his feelings towards his widowed landlady, as well as his bouts of doubt and anxiety.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 2/2/2013

    " Traces a young man's career in Rugby, a brutal game. Do enjoy watching RU myself and support the Leicester Tigers. The book also describes Arthur's life within and outside the team, his relationships with friends, family and his landlady. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/7/2013

    " THIS SPORTING LIFE by DAVID STOREY (1962) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/29/2012

    " The final description of the rugby match gave this novel an additional star. My main complaint is that I found the protagonist muted to the point of sometimes being difficult to understand, and he sometimes gave the novel a bit of a disjointed feel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Hawes | 10/13/2012

    " A real period piece this , *kitchen sink* drama they used to call it. Brilliant window into the early 60's. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Helena | 8/5/2012

    " wow terrible "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 7/11/2012

    " Excellent first novel by David Storey, and made into a fine film (sadly in the era of black-and-white films!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth Evans | 1/18/2012

    " Almost certainly the best of the kitchen sink novels of the 1960s with a rugby league setting. Although I would be pushed to name another book of the same ilk with such a setting. Sits alongside the best of the milieu, but, to my mind, rather peters out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gareth | 3/19/2011

    " Almost certainly the best of the kitchen sink novels of the 1960s with a rugby league setting. Although I would be pushed to name another book of the same ilk with such a setting. Sits alongside the best of the milieu, but, to my mind, rather peters out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/28/2010

    " THIS SPORTING LIFE by DAVID STOREY (1962) "

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About the Author

David Storey is an English playwright, award-winning novelist, and former professional Rugby League player. He was born in Yorkshire in 1933, the son of a miner, and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Several of his stories have been adapted for film and his novel Saville won the 1976 Booker Prize.

About the Narrator

Stephen McGann is an English actor. He started his career by starring in the West End musical Blood Brothers in 1989 and then claimed the role of Johann Strauss in the internationally series The Strauss Dynasty. He has frequented the screen and stage ever since. Today you can find him on BBC television in Call the Midwife.