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Stan Barstow , Alfred Bradley , Michael Marland

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October 1970 Student's Drama
When young Vic Brown embarks on a sexual liaison with Ingrid - a girl with whom he is infatuated but does not love - he gets caught out. For this is not a fairy tale, but a world of struggle and compromise, where Vic must come to terms the hard way with adult life and his feelings for the beautiful but demanding Ingrid. A Kind of Loving is rightly regarded as a classic of post-war literature, and is as hard-hitting and as touching today as when it was first published in the 1960s. A novel immortalized first as a film and then as a highly acclaimed TV series is now available again and will be welcomed by a new generation of readers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd (October 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0216876346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0216876347
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g

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"'A major novelist' Punch; 'Warmth, liveliness, honesty and compassion' The Sunday Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born in 1928, the son of a Yorkshire coal miner, Stan Barstow worked as a draftsman until 1962 A Kind of Loving broke to sensational reviews, allowing him to become a full-time writer. Stan Barstow's many novels and short stories have been translated into nine different languages and adapted for countless productions. He is married with a son and daughter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and poignant Aug. 11 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
Vic Brown becomes infatuated with Ingrid Rothwell, thinks for a while that he loves her, but realizes he doesn't. Then she becomes pregnant, and he decides to marry her. He is a decent guy at heart, and wants to do the right thing. But Ingrid's nagging mother is a major obstacle. Ingrid then has an accident and loses the baby. Despite the problem with the mother-in-law, Vic decides to stay married and to hope for "a kind of loving." The story is told through Vic's voice, which is a marvelous voice to listen to: Barstow is humorous and poignant. A hard novel to put down once you start reading it, it also remains with you long after you're finished with it. A wonderful book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the fifties March 1 2012
By Carole H - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this book when I first read it in the sixties. Now it seems even better, because time has made it into a piece of history. The era (which I can just remember) is portayed perfectly, the manners and values stand out so clearly. This is definitely, for a working class person, "the way we were".
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1.0 out of 5 stars She's PREGNANT? Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Marry This Chick? April 7 2005
By John Baranyai - Published on Amazon.com
I had to read this book for my Final Year in High School and I didn't like it one bit at the time. Now it is 25 years later and I re read it and I still don't like it. It is all about this guy named Vic who gets this girl Ingrid pregnant and then decides he has to marry her rather than face the derision of the people in his town. Then he moves into his Mother In Law's house with his new wife. That was his second mistake. Naturally the two of them don't get along and Ingrid becomes indifferent to his sexual advances causing tension in the household.Ingrid then loses the baby through a miscarriage caused by an accident and then Vic has no valid reason to stay with her. He goes to his sister who he has always had a close relationship with who advises him to stay married!!! That was probably the worst piece of advice I have ever read in a book. This is what happens when you care more about what people think of you rather than having the courage to stand alone and be different from the rest of the herd. The author give a very sad portrait of Working Class Life in England during the sixties and I am glad that we have moved on the a more progressive Society.Vic is a sad example of an egocentric guy who is ruled by his pathetic sexual needs. Read this book if you want to be amused at the antics of this loser who wants to have sex at any cost to himself or anybody else.

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