Free Download [Fiction Book] ☆ Fame Is The Spur - by Howard Spring ¶

By Howard Spring | Comments: ( 445 ) | Date: ( Aug 22, 2019 )

A novel of ambition, about a man who rises from the most humble of beginnings in Manchester and reaches the very top in politics in the era when the Labour Party was born after a great struggle Hamer Shawcross is a victim of his own success, and certainly one of the great characters of English literature.


  • Title: Fame Is The Spur
  • Author: Howard Spring
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Howard Spring

HOWARD SPRING was an immensely popular and successful writer, who enjoyed a large following of readers from the 1940s to the 1960s and though, since his death in 1965, he has become rather neglected, his books are still worth seeking out for their terrific storytelling and the quality of the writing He was certainly painstaking and professional in his approach Every morning he would shut himself in his study and write one thousand words, steadily building up to novels of around one hundred and fifty thousand words He rarely made major alterations to his writings all completed with a dip in pen Howard Spring started out as a journalist, but from 1934 produced a series of best selling novels, the most successful of which were My Son My Son and Fame is the Spur He was born in Cardiff in 1889 in humble circumstances, one of nine children and the son of a jobbing gardener who died while Howard was still at school He left school at the age of 12 to begin work as an errand boy, later becoming an office boy at a firm of accountants in Cardiff Docks, and then a messenger at the South Wales Daily News Spring was keen to train as a reporter, and was largely self taught he spent his leisure time learning shorthand and taking evening classes, where he studied English, French, Latin, mathematics and history He mastered English grammar by studying a book on the subject by William Cobbett He worked his way up to become a reporter on the South Wales Daily News, and then in 1911 he joined the Yorkshire Observer in Bradford By 1915 he was on the Manchester Guardian proof that he was a young man with much talent Soon afterwards he was called up for the Army Service Corps, where he served as a shorthand typist After the war, he returned to the paper in Manchester and worked as a reporter on a paper that allowed journalists to write and express themselves In 1931, after reporting on a political meeting at which Lord Beaverbrook was the speaker, Beaverbrook was so impressed by Spring s piece he described the man as a pedlar of dreams that he arranged for Spring to be offered a post with the Evening Standard in London, where he eventually became a book reviewer a successor to Arnold Bennett and J.B Priestley At the same time, Spring was developing his ambition to become a full time writer He thought he could do a lot better than many of the so called authors whose books he was asked to review His first book, Darkie and Co, came out in 1932 in this period he wrote a number of children s books for his sons , followed by his first novel, Shabby Tiger September 1934 and a sequel, Rachel Rosing 1935 His first major success came in February 1938 with My Son, My Son originally titled O Absalom, but, happily, changed when William Faulkner used a similar title in the United States , and in 1939 he was able to move to Cornwall to become a full time writer he and his wife, Marion, eventually settled at The White Cottage in Fenwick Road, where they remained for the rest of their married life In 1940, his best known work, Fame is the Spur, the story of a Labour leader s rise to power, was published This is without doubt a superb novel, and probably the one book by Spring that is still being read than 40 years after his death.During the war years Spring wrote two other novels, Hard Facts 1944 and Dunkerley s 1946 , and, subsequently he published There is No Armour 1948 , The Houses in Between 1951 , A Sunset Touch 1953 , These Lovers Fled Away 1955 , Time and the Hour 1957 , All The Day Long 1959 and I Met a Lady 1961 Spring also produced three volumes of autobiography Heaven Lies About Us 1939 , In the Meantime 1942 and And Another Thing 1946 which were later published in one volume as The Autobiography 1972 His last book was Winds of the Day 1964.It is relevant to note that many of his books had Manchester settings, which led to him being referred to as The Manchester Man , and



Comments Fame Is The Spur

  • Rebecca Foster

    This is the second Spring novel reissued by Apollo, following last year’s release of My Son, My Son. It traces the rise and fall of England’s Labour Party through the imagined course of politician John Hamer Shawcross, who rises above his working-class Manchester upbringing to make something of himself. The novel, reminiscent in style of the work of Arnold Bennett, moves back and forth between the protagonist’s childhood and his older age. Have all his titles and successes brought him over [...]


  • Georgina

    My father recommended this one to me years ago. Until then, I could hardly call myself a political being, and I read it more out of respect for dad than a willingness to embrace the subject matter. But like dad, the themes in this book have stayed with me over the years. It is about politics in Britain, but it allows the reader to take from it what he or she wishes. What stood out for me in the story was the suffrage of women - something that, as a 'modern' girl, I was completely unaware of. I h [...]


  • Margaret Williams

    I read this book in my mid teens (it belonged to my Mother) and it has stayed with me ever since (almost 50 years). Essential reading for anyone interested in learning about the struggles of the working classleading to the formation of the Labour Party. Powerful and moving.


  • Marianna Green

    A fascinating book about the corruption of a labour politician into a member of the heriditary peerage, with an excuse for every betrayal along the way.The depiction of the fight of the suffragettes - the protagonists wife becomes one - and the physical and mental abuse they encountered is one of the most moving parts.There is also, of course, the Old Warrior's recount of the events of the Peterloo Masscacre, and the sabre which he took from St Peter's Field as a token of the oppression of the p [...]


  • Anne

    Howard Spring is one of my favourite authors and this is one of his most famous books. I loved it for the style, the emotion, the passion and the politics. If you've never read his work and you are interested in Labour political history, this will fascinate you.


  • Benjamin Kahn

    This was by no means a perfect book. There were large sections where it slowed down and I found myself reading other things. But it was a book that was well-worth the time that I spent on it, its ruminations on fame and struggle, on honesty and commitment, on disillusionment and compromise, and on above all, mortality, make it very thoughtful reading. Although in some ways a bildrungsroman, it's really much more than that. It encompasses a period of great strife in English history seen through t [...]


  • Janesivocha

    A fantastic read - spanning the early days of the Labour movement and ranging as far back as the Peterloo massacre. I learnt so much from this book when I was younger I enjoyed comparing Bradford and Manchester as described against how I know them now and in that sense it is nostalgicI empathised with most of the central characters but found myself proud and disappointed in HamerDefinitely worth it!


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