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Howard Spring (February 10, 1889 - May 3, 1965) was a Welsh author.

He began his writing career as a journalist, but from 1934 produced a series of best-selling novels, the most successful of which was Fame is the Spur (1940), which has been both a major film, starring Michael Redgrave, and a BBC television series (1982), starring Tim Piggott-Smith and David Hayman.

Howard Spring was born in Cardiff, the son of a poor jobbing gardener. Spring was forced to leave school at the age of twelve when his father died to start work as an errand boy. He later became an office boy at a firm of chartered accountants in Cardiff Docks and then a messenger at the offices of the South Wales Daily News. Spring was keen to train as a reporter, and he spent his leisure time learning shorthand and taking evening classes at the local university, where he studied English, French, Latin, mathematics and history. He graduated to be a reporter on both the morning and evening editions of the South Wales Daily News.

In 1911 he joined the Yorkshire Observer in Bradford before moving in 1915 to the Manchester Guardian, but was there only a few months until he was called up for the Army Service Corps as a shorthand typist. After the war, he returned to the Guardian, where he worked as a reporter. C. P. Scott, the editor, apparently highly regarded Spring's reporting skills; he wrote of Spring that: "Nobody does a better 'descriptive' or a better condensation of a difficult address". In 1931, after reporting on a political meeting at which Lord Beaverbrook was the speaker, Beaverbrook was so impressed by Spring's piece that he arranged for Spring to be offered a post with the Evening Standard in London, as a book reviewer. Spring described the offer as "irresistible", and the appointment proved very successful. At the same time, Spring was developing his ambitions as a writer; his first book, Darkie and Co., came out in 1932, followed by his first novel, Shabby Tiger, which was set in Manchester, in 1934. Shabby Tiger was filmed as a TV series in 1973 for Granada Television, and starred John Nolan as Nick and Prunella Gee as Anna, with Sharon Maughan making her TV debut as the glamorous and ambitious Rachel Rosing. A sequel, Rachel Rosing, followed. His first major success came with My Son, My Son! (originally titled O Absalom), which was very successful in America and was filmed. It was adapted for television by the BBC in 1977.

In 1939 Spring moved to Mylor in Cornwall (his wife Marion's father had a house at St Mawes) to become a full-time writer. In 1940, his best-known work, Fame is the Spur, the story of a Labour leader's rise to power, was published. During the war years Spring wrote two other novels, Hard Facts (1944) and Dunkerley's (1946).

In 1947 Spring and his wife moved to Falmouth - The White Cottage in Fenwick Road - and in the post-war period, he published, There is No Armour (1948), The Houses in Between (1951), A Sunset Touch (1953), These Lovers Fled Away (1955), Time and the Hour (1957), All Day Long (1959) and I Met a Lady (1961). Spring also produced three volumes of autobiography: Heaven Lies About Us, A Fragment of Infancy (1939); In the Meantime (1942); and And Another Thing (1946), later published in one volume as The Autobiography of Howard Spring (1972). His last book was Winds of the Day (1964).

During this period Spring served eight years as President of the prestigious Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society as well as being a Director of the Falmouth School of Art and President of the Cornish Drama League. The latter was well known for producing plays at the open-air Minack Theatre on the cliffs near Land's End.

Spring was a popular and successful writer, who combined a wide understanding of human character with technical skill as a novelist. His method of composition was painstaking and professional; each morning he would shut himself in his room and write one thousand words, steadily building up to novels of around one hundred and fifty thousand words. He rarely made major alterations to his writings. Howard Spring died of a stroke.

In 1967, his wife Marion Howard Spring wrote an affectionate story of their life together called 'Howard' which was published by Collins. A. L. Rowse wrote the foreword.
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Total Books: 70
Fame Is The Spur
2009 - Fame Is the Spur (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104840143
ISBN-10: 1104840146
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Hard Facts
2009 - Hard Facts (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104852627
ISBN-10: 1104852624
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Rachel Rosing
2000 - Rachel Rosing (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781899181933
ISBN-10: 1899181938
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Winds of the Day
2000 - Winds of the Day (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781842323663
ISBN-10: 1842323660
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All the Day Long
2000 - All the Day Long (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781842323243
ISBN-10: 1842323245
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Houses in Between
2000 - The Houses in Between (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781842323472
ISBN-10: 1842323474
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Sunset Touch
2000 - A Sunset Touch (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781842323540
ISBN-10: 1842323547
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
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Dunkerleys
1985 - Dunkerleys [New Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780851193120
ISBN-10: 0851193129
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Eleven stories  a beginning
1973 - Eleven Stories a Beginning (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780002212144
ISBN-10: 0002212145
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Rachael Rosing
1967 - Rachael Rosing (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780002217033
ISBN-10: 0002217031
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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My Son My Son
1966 - My Son My Son (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780002215039
ISBN-10: 0002215039
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Houses in Between
1964 - Houses in Between (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780002213066
ISBN-10: 0002213060
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Time and the Hour
1964 - Time and the Hour (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780002218153
ISBN-10: 0002218151
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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These Lovers Fled Away
1964 - These Lovers Fled Away (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780002218177
ISBN-10: 0002218178
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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I Met a Lady
1961 - I Met a Lady (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780002213356
ISBN-10: 0002213354
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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The autobiography of Howard Spring
The Autobiography of Howard Spring (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780002110501
ISBN-10: 0002110504
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Shabby Tiger
Shabby Tiger (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780002217651
ISBN-10: 0002217651
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Darkie  Co
Darkie Co (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780192770103
ISBN-10: 0192770101
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Tumbledown Dick
Tumbledown Dick (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780571030927
ISBN-10: 0571030920
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Sampson's Circus
Sampson's Circus (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780571059195
ISBN-10: 0571059198
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Sunset Touch
Sunset Touch (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780854569465
ISBN-10: 0854569464
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