Resources for Learning About Walter Greenwood


  1. Walter Greenwood’s Published Fiction

Love on the Dole (London: Jonathan Cape, 1933; Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969, 1992).

His Worship The Mayor (London: Jonathan Cape, 1935).

Standing Room Only, or ‘A Laugh in Every Line’

(Jonathan Cape, London, 1936; Howard Baker, London, 1970).

The Cleft Stick, or, ‘It’s the Same the Whole World Over, with illustrations by Arthur Wragg (London: Selwyn & Blount, 1937).

The Secret Kingdom (London: Jonathan Cape, 1938; Leeds: Morley-Baker, 1970).

Only Mugs Work (London: Hutchinson, 1938).

Something in My Heart (London: Hutchinson, 1944).

So Brief the Spring (London: Hutchinson, 1952).

What Everybody Wants (London: Hutchinson, 1954).

Down by the Sea (London: Hutchinson, 1956).

Saturday Night at the Crown (London: Hutchinson, 1959).

The only novel currently in print is Love on the Dole, which is easy to obtain. Reading copies of the other novels are quite regularly offered for  sale at usually reasonable prices by second-hand and online booksellers.

2. Walter Greenwood’s Non-Fiction

‘Langy Road’ in Greene, Graham, The Old School – Essays by Divers Hands (London: Jonathan Cape, 1934).

How the Other Man Lives (London: Labour Book Service, 1940).

Lancashire, County Book Series (London: Hale, 1951).

There Was a Time (London: Jonathan Cape, 1967).


3. Walter Greenwood Special Collection, University of Salford: see description of contents:


4. Critical Works on Walter Greenwood

4.1 Articles and Essays

Colligan, Collette, ‘“Hope on, hope ever. One of these fine days my ship will come in:” The Politics of Hope in Walter Greenwood’s Love on the Dole (1933)’, Postgraduate English: A Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English in the UK and Europe, Vol. 3. March 2001: Article.

Constantine, Stephen, ‘Love on the Dole and its Reception in the 1930s’, Literature and History, Vol. 8. Autumn 1982, pp. 232–47. Available only in hard copy of the journal.

Gaughan, Matthew, ‘Palatable Socialism or “the Real Thing”?: Walter Greenwood’s Love on the Dole’, Literature and History, Vol. 17, no. 2. 2008.   Abstract

Harker, Ben, ‘Adapting to the Conjuncture – Walter Greenwood, History and Love on the Dole’, Keywords – a Journal of Cultural Materialism, Vol. 7. 2009, pp. 55–72. Journal

Hopkins, Chris, ‘The Army of the Unemployed: Walter Greenwood’s Wartime Novel and the Reconstruction of Britain’, Keywords – A Journal of Cultural Materialism, Vol. 10. October 2012. Journal

Levine, Carole, ‘Propaganda for Democracy: the Curious Case of Love on the Dole’, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 45. October 2006. Article

O’Brien, Phil,  ‘Too much preoccupied with dole and dolour’: Walter Greenwood’s Search for the Radical and the Popular in His Worship the Mayor’ in Literature & History, May 2018, Vol.27(1), pp.28-46.Abstract

Snee, Carole, ‘Working-Class Literature or Proletarian Writing?’ in Culture and Crisis in Britain in the Thirties, ed. Jon Clark, Margot Heinemann, David Margolies and Carole Snee (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1979, pp. 165–91.

Warden, Claire, ‘Ugliness and Beauty: the Politics of Landscape in Walter Greenwood’s Love on the Dole’, New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 29, no. 1. February 2013, pp.35-47. Abstract

Windle, Jack, ‘“What life means for those at the bottom”: Love on the Dole and its reception since the 1930s’, Literature & History, 3rd series, Vol. 20. Abstract


4.2 Books (with specific discussions of Greenwood, though of varying length)

Aldgate, Anthony and Jeffrey Richards, Britain Can Take It: British Cinema in the Second World War (London: I. B. Tauris, 1986, 2007).

Aldgate, Anthony and James C. Robertson, Censorship in Theatre and Cinema (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005).

Baxendale, John and Chris Pawling, Narrating the Thirties: a Decade in the Making 1930 to the Present (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 1995).

Brown, Geoff (with Tony Aldgate), The Common Touch – the Films of John Baxter (London: NFT Dossier No. 5. BFI, 1989).

Chinn, Carl, Better Betting with a Decent Feller: A Social History of Bookmaking (London: Aurum Press, 2004).

Clark, Jon, Margot Heinemann, David Margolies and Carole Snee, Culture and Crisis in Britain in the Thirties (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1979).

Constantine, Stephen, Unemployment in Britain Between the Wars, Seminar Studies in History (London: Longman, 1980).

Cook, Chris and John Stevenson, The Slump: Britain in the Great Depression (London: Longman, 2010).

Croft, Andy, Red Letter Days: British Fiction in the 1930s (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1990).

Cunningham, Valentine, British Writers of the Thirties (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988).

Day, Gary, Class, New Critical Idiom Series (London: Routledge, 1991).

Dictionary of National Biography (online).

D’Monté Rebecca, British Theatre and Performance 1900–1950 (London: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2015.

Flynn, Tony, Hanky Park (Salford: Neil Richardson, 1990).

Flynn, Tony, The History of Salford Cinemas (Salford: Neil Richardson, 1987).

Fox, Pamela, Class Fictions – Shame and Resistance in the British Working-Class Novel, 1890–1945 (London: Duke University Press, 1994).

Frow, Edmund and Ruth, Radical Salford – Episodes in Labour History (Manchester: Neil Richardson, 1984).

Frow, Edmund and Ruth, The Battle of Bexley Square: Salford Unemployed Workers’ Demonstration, 1st October 1931 (Manchester: Working Class

Movement Library, 1994).

Hawthorn, Jeremy (ed.), The British Working-Class Novel in the Twentieth Century (London: Edward Arnold, 1984).

Hayward, Ian, Working-Class Fiction from Chartism to Trainspotting (London: Edward Arnold, 1997).

Hilliard, Christopher, To Exercise Our Talents: the Democratization of Writing in Britain (Cambridge, Massachusetts/London: Harvard University Press, 2006).

Hopkins, Chris, English Fiction in the 1930s: Language, Genre, History (London: Continuum, 2006).

Hopkins, Chris, Walter Greenwood’s Love on the Dole: Novel, Play, Film (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018)

Johnson, George M. (ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 191: British Novelists Between the Wars (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, 1998).

Kirk, John, Twentieth Century Writing and the British Working Class (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2003).

Kunitz, Stanley J. and Howard Haycraft (eds), Twentieth Century Authors: a Biographical Dictionary of Modern Literature (New York: H. W. Wilson, 1942).

Low, Rachel, Film Making in 1930s Britain (London: Allen & Unwin, 1985).

McKibbin, Ross, The Ideologies of Class: Social Relations in Britain 1880–1950

(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994).

Mannin, Ethel, Young in the Twenties – a Chapter of Autobiography (London: Hutchison, 1971).

Miles, Peter and Malcolm Smith, Cinema, Literature & Society: Elite and Mass Society in Interwar Britain (London: Croom Helm, 1987).

Mowat, Charles Loch, Britain Between the Wars 1918–1940 (London: Methuen, 1955, 1968).

Murphy, Robert, British Cinema and the Second World War (London: Continuum, 2001).

Murphy, Robert, Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939–1949

(London: Routledge, 1989, 1992).

Nicholson, Steve, The Censorship of British Drama 1932–1952 (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2000).

Overy, Richard, The Morbid Age: Britain and the Crisis of Civilization 1919–1939 (London: Allen Lane, 2009; Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2010).

Powell, Dilys, Films Since 1939 (London: Longmans, Green and Co for the British Council, 1947).

Richards, Jeffrey, The Age of the Dream Palace: Cinema and Society in Britain,

1930–1939 (London: Routledge, 1984; New York: I. B. Tauris, 2010).

Richards, Jeffrey and Dorothy Sheridan (eds), Mass Observation at the Movies

(London: Routledge, 1987).

Ross, Stephen A., ‘Authenticity Betrayed: the “Idiot Folk” of Love on the Dole’, Cultural Critique, Vol. 56. December 2004, pp. 189–209.

Russell, Dave, Looking North – Northern England and the National Imagination (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004).

Sherry, Norman, The Life of Graham Greene 1904–1939, Vol. 1 (London:

Jonathan Cape, 1989).

Stevenson, John, British Society 1914–1945, Penguin Social History of Britain

(Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1984).

Stevenson, John and Chris Cook, Britain in the Depression: Society and

Politics 1929–39 (London: Longman, 1994).

Taylor, A. J. P., English History 1914–1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press,

1965; Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1970).

Thorpe, Andrew, Britain in the 1930s: the Deceptive Decade (Oxford,

Blackwell, 1992).

Webster, Roger, ‘Love on the Dole and the Aesthetic of Contradiction’, in  The British Working-Class Novel in the Twentieth Century, ed. Jeremy Hawthorn (London: Edward Arnold, 1984), pp. 49–61.

Whitman, Willson, Bread and Circuses: a Study of Federal Theatre (New

York: Oxford University Press, 1937).

Wilson, Nicola, Home in British Working-Class Fiction (Farnham: Ashgate,