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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

by Alan Sillitoe

Part of the Harper Perennial Modern Classics Series

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Synopsis

From the author of `Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' come stories of hardship and hope in post-war Britain. The title story in this classic collection tells of Smith, a defiant young rebel, inhabiting the no-man's land of institutionalised Borstal. As his steady jog-trot rhythm transports him over an unrelenting, frost-bitten earth, he wonders why, for whom and for what he is running. A groundbreaking work, `The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' captured the grim isolation of the working class in the English Midlands when it was first published in 1960s. But Sillitoe's depiction of petty crime and deep-seated anger in industrial and desperate cities remains as potent today as it was almost half a century ago.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Press Reviews

`I have read nothing to compare with it.' Penelope Mortimer `Sillitoe writes with tremendous energy, and his stories simply tear along.' Daily Telegraph `All the imaginative sympathy in the world can't fake this kind of thing. It must have been lived in, seen, touched, smelled: and we are lucky to have a writer who has come out of it knowing the truth, and having the skill to turn that truth into art.' New Statesman `Graphic, tough, outspoken, informal.' The Times `A beautiful piece of work, confirming Sillitoe as a writer of unusual spirit and great promise.' Guardian `A major writer.' Malcolm Bradbury

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007255603
Publication date: 16th July 2007
Author: Alan Sillitoe
Publisher: HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 176 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Alan Sillitoe

Alan Sillitoe left school at 14 to work in various factories until becoming an air traffic control assistant with the Ministry of 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.

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