A wonderful historical novel from one of our best loved and most prolific writers Alan Sillitoe is one of the greatest and most loved English writers of his generation. His early works of fiction, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, are modern classics and set texts in schools and universities. His profile shows no sign of diminishing. In 2003, the Barbican ran a retrospective of the films of his classic novels, and they have just been released on DVD. Hardback received phenomenal review coverage and re-established Sillitoe as one of Britain's greatest living novelists. Chosen as a Book of the Year in the New Statesman.
Alan Sillitoe left school at 14 to work in various factories until becoming an air traffic control assistant with the Ministry Aircraft Production in 1945. He began writing after four years in the RAF, and lived for six years in France and Spain. In 1958, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was published, and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, which won the Hawthornden Prize for literature, came out the following year. Both these books were made into films.
'Sillitoe keeps on going! never flagging, never looking back and writing with a vigour, clarity and humanity that should be the envy of all those novelists who were not even born when he started.' Daily Mail 'What impresses one, as ever, about Sillitoe, is the ease of a style which yet allows him to expose the most complex emotions, and his ability to bring to light what people hide from themselves, or choose not to admit.' Scotsman 'One of Britain's most powerful and sophisticated fiction writers.' TLS