David Storey: Booker Prize-winning author dies at 83


David Storey in 1961

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Storey played for Leeds RLFC (now Leeds Rhinos)

This Sporting Life author David Storey has died at the age of 83.

His much-lauded 1960 debut novel was based on his experiences as a professional rugby league player and was made into a film three years later.

Storey went on to win the 1976 Booker Prize for family drama Saville.

A spokesman for his four children said: “Dad died peacefully with his family around him. He gave and inspired great love, drew us out and showed us how the world really is.”

Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts were both nominated for Oscars for starring in the big screen version of This Sporting Life.

Storey’s other novels included Flight Into Camden and Passmore and the plays The Restoration of Arnold Middleton, The Contractor, Home and The Changing Room.

Storey’s play Home was made into a film starring Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson, while In Celebration was filmed with Alan Bates and Brian Cox.

Storey, who grew up in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was also a talented artist who had an exhibition at the Hepworth Gallery last summer.

Storey’s wife Barbara Hamilton died in 2015.

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