- Title: Shabby Tiger
- Author: Howard Spring
- ISBN: 9780006133056
- Page: 482
- Format: Paperback
This was one of Howard Spring s earlier novels, and it is probably the one that first shows his great feeling for Manchester, with the adventures of the likes of Nick Faunt, an artist Anna Fitzgerald Charlie Piggy White and it marks the introduction of Rachel Rosing, who, of course, became the main character in the sequel.
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Must've been quite controversial at the time of publication - Howard Spring's rich characters and story lines never fail me - and this was an excellent read from cover to cover!
A true tale of Manchester. Gosh it made me nostalgic for my own three years there living among artists and musicians. I liked a drink back then and knew the pubs of the 80s in the way that Nick and Anna and Rachel and Piggy knew the pubs of the 30s. I was there in the in between bit when they didn't have trams. It's a good novel, in some ways a great novel but by gosh it's a novel that makes you want to read it. In fact I'm tempted to get on a train to near Chester and to travel the route of the [...]
This was the great Howard Spring’s first novel first published in 1934. Here was a writer clearly still developing his style, but despite this, the book stands up on its own as a novel of incredible work from the man I always considered to be the Northern Dickens. The characters are clearly taken from the streets of Manchester, where Spring worked as a reported for the Manchester Guardian, even though he was born in Cardiff and eventually lived in Cornwall as his fame grew.I can imagine that t [...]
I have decided to read more books based around my local area. Manchester, Lancashire, the North West, etc. This book is a favourite of my mum's and one I've been seeing on the shelves forever. It was about time I read it.The tale starts with Anna, a maid, running away from her job. She meets up with Nick, an artist, and their story is told. It incorporates many other characters, all of whom added interest for me. The cast spans the Manchester classes from just above the very bottom to the top. W [...]
Re-reading my way through all the Howard Spring novels, starting with this, his first one, written in 1934. Although it seems rather dated at the beginning, and slightly "overwritten" for today's tastes, all the ingredients are there which made his later novels masterpieces: good, well-told stories, superb characterisation, compassion, humour, sorrow, and the understanding of the sufferings of the "little people" at the bottom of the pile.
One star for remembrance, the rest because it's a bloody good story, fresh as when it was written in 1934. Been on my bookshelves so long the writing on the spine had faded to nothing and consequently I forgot I had it, but immediately I began reading I was transported back to my teens. And, hallelujah, I've the sequel still to read.
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