i thought this was a novel until i ﬁnished the ﬁrst (title) story and realized that the next chapter had nothing at all to do with the ﬁrst one. that ﬁrst one was by far the best for some reason, the voice of the teenage kid in borstal, chosen to participate in a borstal-wide track and ﬁeld event as a long-distance runner, is excellent. it was adapted into a ﬁlm in 1962, which may seem surprising — a ﬁlm out of a short story? but the depth in the story is probably enough.
the rest of the stories, also about the working class in Britain shortly after WWII, are pretty good. nothing astounding, though there is a intriguing dark, dampness to them.
i got this nice hardcover, trade version used in WA. it was a school textbook at one point. i really like the illustration.