Stanley Barstow (28 June 1928 – 1 August 2011) was an English novelist.
Barstow was born in Horbury, near Wakefield, Yorkshire. His father was a coal miner and he attended Ossett Grammar School. He then worked as a draftsman and salesman for an engineering firm. He was best known for his 1960 novel A Kind of Loving, which has long been used as a set text in British schools and which has been variously translated into a film, a television series, a radio play and a stage play. The author's other novels included Ask Me Tomorrow (1962), The Watchers on the Shore (1966) and The Right True End (1976). He frequently attended public events in Ossett, where he grew up, and Horbury, his birthplace.
Barstow's other works included Joby, which was turned into a television play starring Patrick Stewart, A Raging Calm, A Season with Eros, The Right True End, A Brother’s Tale, Just You Wait and See, Modern delights, autobiography In My Own Good Time (2001).
In later life, Barstow lived in Pontardawe, South Wales, with his partner, Diana Griffiths.