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John Braine

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Gender Male
Death36 years ago
Date of birth April 13,1922
Zodiac sign Aries
Born Bradford
United Kingdom
Date of died October 28,1986
DiedLondon
United Kingdom
Spouse Helen Wood
Job Librarian
Novelist
Movies/Shows The Jealous God
Man at the Top
Life at the Top
Room at the Top
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Date of Upd.
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Room at the Top
The Vodi
Life at the Top
The Jealous God
The Crying Game
Stay With Me Till Morning
The Queen of a Distant Country
Writing a novel.
The Pious Agent
The Two of Us
Waiting for Sheila
Finger of fire
J. B. Priestley
One and Last Love
These Golden Days
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John Gerard Braine was an English novelist. Braine is usually listed among the angry young men, a loosely defined group of English writers who emerged on the literary scene in the 1950s.

John Gerard Braine (13 April 1922 – 28 October 1986) was an English novelist. Braine is usually listed among the angry young men, a loosely defined group of English writers who emerged on the literary scene in the 1950s.

Biography


John Braine was born in the Westgate area of central Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. The family later moved to the suburb of Thackley on the northern edge of the city. Braine left St. Bede's Grammar School at 16 and worked in a shop, a laboratory and a factory before becoming, after the war, a librarian in Bingley, a small town 5 miles (8 km) up the Aire Valley and at Darton in 1954 where locals put his inattention down to his spending his time writing his first novel.Although he wrote 12 works of fiction, Braine is chiefly remembered today for his first novel, Room at the Top (1957). The novel was conceived when he was being treated for tuberculosis in a hospital near the Yorkshire Dales town of Grassington. He stated that his favourite author was Guy de Maupassant and that Room at the Top was based on Bel Ami, but that "the critics didn't pick it up". Room at the Top was turned into a successful 1959 film, with Laurence Harvey as Joe Lampton and featuring an Oscar–winning performance by Simone Signoret. In September 2012, BBC television broadcast a two-part dramatisation that had been delayed because of a dispute over copyright. Matthew McNulty was in the lead role.

After achieving literary success, Braine moved to the south of England, living for a time in Woking. He wrote several more novels, including Life at the Top, a sequel to Room at the Top. His 1968 novel The Crying Game is set in London and captures some of the atmosphere of the 'Swinging Sixties' (it is not related to the 1992 film of the same name). His 1974 book, Writing a Novel, was a guide for aspiring novelists.

Braine was mildly left-wing in his youth, but, like his contemporaries (and fellow "angry young men") Kingsley Amis and John Wain, he later moved to the political right and supported America's involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1967, Braine, Robert Conquest, Amis and several others signed a controversial letter to The Times titled "Backing for U.S. Policies in Vietnam", supporting the US government in Vietnam.Braine was married to Helen Wood and had four children. They separated in the early 1980s with Wood moving to Shropshire with her two youngest children. He died from a gastric haemorrhage in 1986 at the age of 64.

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Fiction


Room at the Top (1957) Reissued in 2013 by Valancourt Books

The Vodi (1959) Reissued in 2013 by Valancourt Books

Life at the Top (1962) Reissued in 2015 by Valancourt Books

The Jealous God (1964)

The Crying Game (1968) (not related to the 1992 film of the same title)

Stay with Me Till Morning (1970) (U.S. title: "The View from Tower Hill")

The Queen of a Distant Country (1972)

The Pious Agent (1975)

Waiting for Sheila (1976)

Finger of Fire (1977)

One and Last Love (1981)

The Two of Us (1984)

These Golden Days (1985)

Man at the Top (Thames Television, 1970-1): five scripts for the first series of this drama based on Braine's character Joe Lampton

Non-fiction


A Personal Record (Monday Club, 1968)

Writing a Novel (1974)

J.B. Priestley (1978)

References


External links


John Braine – bibliography of first editions

John Braine archival collection at Leeds University Library

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