London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1957. First UK edition. Braine's first book, a classic "angry young man" novel centered on the rags-to-riches journey of Joe Lampton. Basis for Jack Clayton's Oscar-winning 1959 adaptation starring Laurence Harvey and Simone Signoret, and a more recent BBC production. Item #1700
First Impression. Octavo; hunter green paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 256pp. Faint foxing to text edges, with upper right corner of front board gently tapped (though still sharp); Very Good+ to Near Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, lightly edge-rubbed, with a few short tears and some faint foxing to verso; Near Fine. With the original publishers wraparound band, lightly sunned at spine and flap folds, with a single closed tear.