The Unfortunates Hardback
A sports journalist, sent to a Midlands town on a weekly assignment, finds himself confronted by ghosts from the past when he disembarks at the railway station.
Memories of one of his best, most trusted friends, a tragically young victim of cancer, begin to flood through his mind as he attempts to go about the routine business of reporting a football match.
B. S. Johnson's famous 'book in a box', in which the chapters are presented unbound, to be read in any order the reader chooses, is one of the key works of a novelist now undergoing an enormous revival of interest.
It is a book of passionate honesty and dark, courageous humour: a meditation on death and a celebration of friendship which also offers a remarkably frank self-portrait of its author.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 08/10/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330353298
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Review by JamesCotton
This book is worth the effort to find and read. BS Johnson's tale and the unique way it is told (which means no two versions are the same) is wonderful.