This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life

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Rugby League football in an industrial northern city circa 1960 is a life of grime, mud, sweat, intrigue and naked ambition. In This Sporting Life, David Storey recounts the fortunes of gladiator hero Arthur Machin from the day of his inclusion in the local team to the match when he begins to feel age creeping up on him. Through Arthur we are taken into his raw, often brutal world of players, backers, Saturday crowds bloody noses and broken teeth, landladies and communal baths.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 18mm | 220g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099274795
  • 9780099274797
  • 244,503

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"Extraordinarily mature - technically as well as emotionally" Sunday Times

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About David Storey

David Storey was born in 1933 in Wakefield, and studied at the Slade School of Art. He is the author of fifteen plays and eleven novels, most recently The Thin-Ice Skater (2004). He has won many prizes, including the Macmillan Fiction Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Faber Memorial Prize and, in 1976, the Booker Prize for Saville. He now lives in London.

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