Set in and around the Second World War, David Storey’s tale about a boy from a mining town who grows away from his roots won the Booker Prize in 1976.

Saville is set in South Yorkshire in the fictional mining village of Saxton. This is the story of Colin Saville’s struggle to come to terms with his family - his mercurial, ambitious father, his deep-feeling, long-suffering mother - and to escape the stifling heritage of the raw mining community into which he was born.

The Booker Prize 1976
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Jonathan Cape
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David Storey

David Storey

About the Author

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

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