Up the Junction

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This article is about the collection of short stories. For the television version, see Up the Junction (The Wednesday Play). For the film, see Up the Junction (film). For the Squeeze song, see Up the Junction (song).
Up the Junction
First edition
Author Nell Dunn
Illustrator Susan Benson
Country UK
Language English
Publisher MacGibbon & Kee
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 110 pp (Hardcover edition) & 112 pp (paperback edition)
OCLC 17230966

Up the Junction is a 1963 collection of short stories by Nell Dunn that depicts contemporary life in the industrial slums of Battersea and Clapham Junction.

The book uses colloquial speech, and its portrayal of petty thieving, sexual encounters, births, deaths and back-street abortion provided a view of life that was previously unrecognised by many people. The book won the 1963 John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize.


In 1965 it was adapted for television by the BBC as part of The Wednesday Play anthology series directed by Ken Loach.[1]

A cinema film version followed in 1968 with a soundtrack by Manfred Mann.

According to Chris Difford, the lyricist of Squeeze (band), the television version of the play was the inspiration for the Squeeze hit 'Up the Junction'.[2]


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