In his 1960 novel A Kind of Loving, Stan Barstow (1928-2011) introduces us to Vic Brown, a young man of 20 from a mining family in the fictional town of Cressley in Yorkshire. He is infatuated with Ingrid, a pretty 18-year-old typist in the engineering works where Vic is a draughtsman.
They do go out together, Ingrid seemingly having had her eye on him for some time, but Vic’s infatuation soon fizzles out and he finds there is nothing left, not even friendship or liking. By then, however, Ingrid is pregnant, and he ‘has to’ marry her, as we used to say. Ingrid has a miscarriage, and the novel ends with Vic coming to terms with his lacklustre marriage, hoping that he and she might find ‘a kind of loving’ to carry them through.