David Storey

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David M. Storey
Born (1933-07-13) 13 July 1933 (age 88)
Wakefield, Yorkshire
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Citizenship British
Education Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
Alma mater Slade School of Fine Art
Genre Novelist; Playwright; Screenwriter
Notable awards Booker Prize

David Malcolm Storey (born 13 July 1933 in Wakefield, Yorkshire) is an English playwright, screenwriter, award-winning novelist and a former professional rugby league player.

Early life

Storey was the son of a Yorkshire miner[1] and was educated at QEGS Wakefield.[2] He continued his education at the Slade School of Fine Art, London[1][2] and supported himself there by playing rugby for Leeds RLFC (now Leeds Rhinos) where he played half-back for the A-team, with occasional appearances with the first.[1] His plays include The Restoration of Arnold Middleton, The Changing Room, Cromwell, Home and Stages.[2]

Storey was a trumpet player who wrote the screenplay for This Sporting Life (1963), directed by Lindsay Anderson, adapted from Storey's first novel of the same name, originally published in 1960, which won the 1960 Macmillan Fiction Award. The film was the beginning of a long professional association with Anderson,[3] whose film version of Storey's play In Celebration was released as part of the American Film Theatre series in 1975. Home and Early Days (both starred Sir Ralph Richardson; Home also starred Sir John Gielgud) were made into television films.

Storey's novels include Flight into Camden, which won the 1963 Somerset Maugham Award; and the 1961 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; and Saville, which won the 1976 Booker Prize.


  • This Sporting Life (1960) (made into the 1963 film This Sporting Life)
  • Flight into Camden (1961)
  • Radcliffe (1963)
  • The Restoration of Arnold Middleton (1967)
  • In Celebration (1969)
  • The Contractor (1970)
  • Home (1970)
  • The Changing Room (1971)
  • Pasmore (1972) - winner of the 1973 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize
  • The Farm (1973)
  • Cromwell (1973)
  • A Temporary Life (1973)
  • Edward (1973)
  • Life Class (1975)
  • Saville (1976) - winner of the 1976 Booker Prize
  • Mother's Day (1977)
  • Early Days (1980)
  • Sisters (1980)
  • A Prodigal Child (1982)
  • Present Times (1984)
  • The March on Russia (1989)
  • Storey's Lives: 1951-1991 (1992)
  • A Serious Man (1998)
  • As it Happened (2002)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Frank Keating in The Guardian (1 December 2010): David Storey's yarn hits 50 and is still top of the league. Retrieved on 8 January 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 British Council:Literature. Retrieved on 8 January 2016.
  3. Caroline Boucher "How we met: 63. Lindsay Anderson and David Storey",Template:Dea link The Independent, 6 December 1992. Retrieved on 30 April 2009.


  • Harrison, Juliet Francis Artistic Fictions: The Representation of the Artist Figure in Works by David Storey, John Fowles and Tom Stoppard (Ph.D., Exeter).
  • Hutchings, William, ed. David Storey: A Casebook. NY: Garland, 1992.
  • Hutchings, William. The Plays of David Storey: A Thematic Study. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1988.
  • Liebman, Herbert The Dramatic Art of David Storey: The Journey of a Playwright, Greenwood Press.
  • Schafer, Stephen C. "An Overview of the Working Classes in British Feature Film from the 1960s to the 1980s: From Class Consciousness to Marginalization", International Labor and Working-Class History 59: 3-14.
  • Encyclopedia of British Film
  • Contemporary Authors

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