Last year saw the death of David Storey one of the last of the ‘Angry Young Men’. Storey came from Wakefield in Yorkshire and was the son of a coal miner. He may have been one of the first to benefit from the 1944 Education Act which allowed someone from his background to go on to grammar school. Storey’s most famous novel was ‘This Sporting Life’. The novel can now be read as a slice of social history: working class men; miners, engineers etc. coming together for onfield combat at the weekend when they play Rugby League. See my article in the Feb.’18 edition of the Quarterly Review.