Reading 1960: Barstow, Reid-Banks & Amis

Join us in discussing three short novels published in 1960. We’ll begin with The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid-Banks, a novel that looks back to the 1950s. For the second session we’ll consider Take a Girl Like You, by Kingsley Amis. For the third and fourth sessions we’ll focus on A Kind of Loving, by Stan Barstow.

Are these three novels markers of changing attitudes? What do they say to the twenty-first century reader, are they modern classics? We will be thinking about how each of these books works, and asking, what is good fiction?

Please read The L-Shaped Room for discussion at the first session.

Course Details

This course finished on 18 October 2022