David Storey was born in Wakefield, England. He studied at the Slade School of Art, before a writing career that yielded 15 plays and 11 novels.

His novels include This Sporting Life, which was made into an acclaimed film starring Richard Harris. Storey’s work won many prizes, including the Macmillan Fiction Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Faber Memorial Prize and, in 1976, the Booker Prize, for Saville.

David Storey

Prizes tend to be rewarded to the reliable rather than the liabilities, and the liabilities are the people who matter in the end.

— David Storey, on winning the Booker Prize in 1976

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