John Braine (1922-86) made a strong impact with his first novel, Room at the Top (1957), which became a best-seller and was adapted into a powerful British New Wave film in 1959. He went on to write twelve more novels, but these never enjoyed the same critical or commercial success as his first. He also produced two non-fiction books, a How-To manual called Writing a Novel (1974) and, in 1978, a critical biography of a writer with whom he felt some affinity, J(ohn) B(oynton) Priestley (1894-1984). Both of these are readable but undistinguished.
Braine is usually assigned to three overlapping categories. The first, and most important, is the “Angry Young Men”, which was neither a coherent movement nor (the …
Tredell, Nicolas. "John Braine". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2014
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