(1972) was the fourth published novel by David Storey (1933-2017) and marked his return to full-length fiction after nine years. In the meantime he had established himself as a leading playwright in Britain and the USA, with five plays produced that won praise and prizes:

The Restoration of Arnold Middleton


In Celebration


The Contractor



(1970) and

The Changing Room

(1971). Like his previous novel


(1963) and his later novel,


(1976), the title of


is the surname of its protagonist, Colin Pasmore; but it also contains a pun that is literally spelled out early in the novel in one of the names inscribed in the dust that covers the uncleaned commercial van he uses for family transport: “Pass More” (4). It is the protagonist’s…

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Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "Pasmore". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 April 2024 [, accessed 21 May 2024.]

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