"I WAS HAPPY, HAPPIER THAN I HAD BEEN SINCE CHILDHOOD. IT COULD NOT LAST…"
BRAINE, John. Life at the Top. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, (1962). Octavo, original blue paper boards, original dust jacket. $200.
First edition of this sequel to Yorkshire novelist John Braine's "Room at the Top."
One of the Angry Young Men of 1950s British literature, John Braine achieved literary success with Room at the Top, which traced the ambitions of a young man from meager circumstances trying to make a go of it in mid-century Britain. This, the sequel to that work, continues the protagonist's story, dealing with the ennui of achieving the British dream only to find it lacking. Early price sticker on front flap of dust jacket.
Book fine, price-clipped dust jacket very nearly fine.