A Taste of Honey

When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with a black sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads off for the seas, leaving her pregnant and alone. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels. Set in post-war Salford

Shelagh Delaney
Bijan Sheibani

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Salford was one of the locations listed in the JAMs's 1991 hit 'It's grim up north'. But Shelagh Delaney got there first, though with an altogether more sympathetic, nuanced portrait of working class life in Salford than that bald recitation of place names offered.

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