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Released January 1, 1964
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Thirty-year-old virgin Vincent Dungarvan is a schoolmaster whose mother desperately wishes him to become a Roman Catholic Priest. But on meeting Laura - intelligent, warm and erotically attractive - Vincent becomes torn between his intended vocation and a passionate desire to marry her. This is a powerful and deeply moving tale of divine calling versus mortal desire.

Bradford-born John Braine ranks alongside Kingsley Amis, John Osborne and Allan Sillitoe as one of the so-called Angry Young Men of the 1950s, whose literature was a protest against class distinctions and middle-class manners. His first novel, Room at the Top, was an overnight success and has been made into a highly successful film, which won two Oscars.

 

'A subtle study of love and sex' (Saturday Review)

'...real anguish of mind and a new subtlety in the treatment of human relationships' (The Guardian)

'In this novel more than any other Braine shows that he know what men - and women - are like' (The Daily Telegraph)

'It is perfectly done...worked up to a compelling climax admirably prepared for' (Evening Standard)

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John Braine

John Braine was an English novelist. Braine is usually listed among the angry young men, a loosely defined group of English writers who emerged on the literary scene in the 1950s.

Although he wrote 12 works of fiction, Braine is chiefly remembered today for his first novel, Room at the Top. The novel was conceived when he was being treated for tuberculosis in a hospital near the Yorkshire Dales town of Grassington. After achieving literary success, Braine moved to the south of England, living for a time in Woking. He wrote several more novels, including Life at the Top, a sequel to Room at the Top. His 1968 novel the Crying Game is set in London and captures some of the atmosphere of the 'Swinging Sixties'. His 1974 book Writing a Novel was a guide for aspiring novelists.

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