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The story presents us to Vic Brown, a young working class man from Yorkshire, England, who is slowly inching his way up from his working class roots through a white-collar job. Vic finds himself trapped by the frightening reality of his girlfriend Ingrid’s pregnancy and is forced into marrying her and moving in with his mother-in-law due to a housing shortage in their Northern England town.

The story is about love and loneliness. Vic meets and is very attracted to the beautiful but demanding Ingrid. As their relationship develops and transforms into real-life everyday aridity and boredom, Vic ultimately comes to terms with his life and what it really means to love. The novel has had some influence on the literary community, leaving the label “lad-lit” behind.

This is a 1973 Corgi re-print of the 1960 original. and very nice.


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