28 June 1928
Horbury, Yorkshire, England
|Died||1 August 2011
Baglan, Neath Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales
|Occupation||Novelist, playwright and scriptwriter|
|Education||Ossett Grammar School
|Spouse(s)||Constance Mary Kershaw (1951–1990; Separated)|
|Partner(s)||Diana Griffiths (1990-2011)|
Barstow was born in Horbury, near Wakefield, Yorkshire. His father was a coal miner and he attended Ossett Grammar School. He then worked as a draftsman and salesman for an engineering firm. He was best known for his 1960 novel A Kind of Loving, which has long been used as a set text in British schools and which has been variously translated into a film, a television series, a radio play and a stage play. The author's other novels included Ask Me Tomorrow (1962), The Watchers on the Shore (1966) and The Right True End (1976). He frequently attended public events in Ossett, where he grew up, and Horbury, his birthplace.
Barstow's other works included Joby, which was turned into a television play starring Patrick Stewart, A Raging Calm, A Season with Eros, The Right True End, A Brother’s Tale, Just You Wait and See, Modern Delights, and an autobiography, In My Own Good Time (2001).
- Ian Haywood Obituary: Stan Barstow, The Guardian, 1 August 2011
- http://www.stanbarstow.info/barstowbiog.html biography retrieved 1 August 2011
- Stan Barstow, British author of ‘A Kind of Loving,’ dies at 83, The Washington Post, 3 August 2011.
- Website containing detailed information
- Stan Barstow at the Internet Movie Database
- Stan Barstow at BFI Film & TV Database
- Barstow's radio plays
- Daily Telegraph obituary
- The Independent obituary
- Guardian Review of "The Likes of Us, collected short stories, published 2013.
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