Recommended by Goldsboro Books
Constable, London, 1963. Hardback. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Hardback, with dustjacket. Both have very minor bump to spine ends; there is slight shelf-marking to the back of the dustjacket; otherwise both fine.
This was A. S. Byatt's copy with her signature to FEP.
His first novel, Travelling People, won the Gregory Award for 1963. In a preface to the book, he wrote, "I decided that one style for one novel was a convention I resented most strongly: it was perhaps comparable to eating a meal in which each course had been cooked in the same manner. The style of each chapter should spring naturally from its subject matter." Thus Travelling People employs eight separate styles for its nine chapters, including a letter, journal extracts, and a film script. One chapter contains the interior monologue of an old man prone to heart attacks. First the author uses a random grey pattern to indicate sleep or recuperative unconsciousness, and then later, black, when the old man dies. (Most obvious is Johnson’s acknowledged debt to an eighteenth-century predecessor, Laurence Sterne, whose celebrated Tristam Shandy also contained black pages.)