The Unfortunates

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Pan Macmillan, Jan 24, 2019 - Fiction

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. The Unfortunates 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.

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User Review  - lriley - LibraryThing

B. S. Johnson's famous (or almost famous) book in a box. However one wants to look at that it's an unique idea and also at least IMHO attractive--but what's it all mean? --because in the end it all ... Read full review

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I was excited when I saw that this book, something of a "lost work" from the '60s, was going to be re-published. This experimental novel has an open form--the 27 different sections are printed in the ... Read full review

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In his heyday, during the 1960s and early 1970s, B. S. Johnson was one of the best-known novelists in Britain. His work includes Travelling People, Albert Angelo and House Mother Normal. A passionate advocate for the avant-garde in both literature and film, he became famous for his forthright views on the future of the novel and for his idiosyncratic ways of putting them into practice.

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