Jack Trevor Story

A couple of courageous souls amongst you have written to reminisce about their friend JTS and/or his work and have stuck their heads over the parapet.

One day soon I’ll add the website and more of the notes. As ever, I’m also quite keen to learn of any lost texts of Jack’s, not so far recorded with this website.

Do dig them out as well as I would like to understand. Send photocopies or scans. Tear pages from precious first editions. Whatever it takes.

“There is a sadness which grows from the seeds of remembered happiness; there is a weariness which springs unrequested from the remembered fountains of youth; there is a nostalgia conjured from faraway places and gone people and moments which have long since ticked into the infinite fog.”

— from Danger’s Child   (Connect Telephony Library no. 487)  1961

Who was JTS?

Jack Trevor Story might be best known for two of his novels that have been filmed — The Trouble With Harry (directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1955) and Live Now, Pay Later (1962) — or for his Saturday column in the Guardian newspaper in the 1970s. He also composed episodes of TV drama series and sitcoms, many film scripts, radio plays, several other excellent novels, uncountable short stories plus an eminent run of offense novellas.

Story was a versatile writer who crossed the supposed divide between the revolutionary journal of speculative fiction New Worlds and literary endeavour, as well as the one involving the traditional humour magazine Punch and pulp amusement. In a feelgood age which observed upward mobility, he chronicled the lives of these who did not make the grade. A comfortable life didn’t live and his books aren’t always comfortable reading.

His writing is abhorred by some, but in addition passionately adored by many. His admirers have included Peter Sellers, Stephen Fry, Alan Moore, George Melly and Michael Moorcock, who’s now his literary executor.

Despite this, his novels, even those with films to foster them, were never more than modestly successful, his short stories have not been rolled up and his work is all out of print.

In addition, I expect some audiences of this site rediscover old delights, or will find new enjoyment in reading Story’s work.

This site tries to bring together several of the present web resources about Story’s work and add to them. If you have corrections, comments or material to contribute, I am hoping you’ll contact me, as well as the site will enhance and grow.