Alan Sillitoe was born in 1928 and left school at fourteen to work in various factories before becoming an air traffic control assistant with the Ministry of Aircraft Production in 1945. He began writing after four years in the RAF. His novels Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner are both classics.
'Rewarding novel. Nottingham scenes have considerable vitality, and will also have, for anyone unfamiliar with Sillitoe's early work, considerable freshness.' Scotsman 'The Broken Chariot explores familiar themes for Sillitoe: working in factories, drinking in pubs and chasing women in post-war Nottingham. But the writer has found a fresh, new approach to his specialist subject; one that again allows him to tackle the issue of class in a way that is often surprising and always entertaining.' Yorkshire Post