Flight into Camden

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First edition (publ. Longman)

Flight into Camden is a novel by British author and playwright David Storey. Written in 1961, it won the 1963 Somerset Maugham Prize for fiction.


This moving story is recounted by Margaret, the daughter of a Yorkshire miner, who falls in love with a married teacher and goes to live with him in a room in Camden Town, London. Many critics have observed an almost lawrentian fidelity in the descriptions of their love-making and the intricacies of their emotional responses to one another. But in the end family ties prove too strong for an ambiguous relationship which begins to disclose a chasm of emptiness and bitterness.