John Wain

John Wain was an English poet, novelist, and critic, associated with the literary group known as 'The Movement'. Born on March 14, 1925, in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, he was educated at St. John's College, Oxford. Wain served as a lecturer in English at various universities and was known for his works including 'Hurry on Down' (1953), 'Living in the Present' (1955), and 'A Winter in the Hills' (1970). He was also a recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his biography 'Samuel Johnson' (1974). Wain's writing often explored themes of post-war British society, the individual's search for identity, and the complexities of human relationships. He passed away on May 24, 1994.


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  1. 1. Young Shoulders

    "Young Shoulders" is a coming-of-age novel about a 10-year-old boy living in a small English town during World War II. The protagonist struggles with the harsh realities of war, the death of his father, and his mother's mental health issues. Despite the difficulties, he finds solace in his love for literature and his friendship with a local bookseller. The narrative explores themes of loss, resilience, and the power of literature.