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Monday, April 26, 2010

Alan Sillitoe dies aged 82 years - in London

Alan Sillitoe was best known for his novels Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, both of which were made into films.

Both books were required reading by us young writers of the early Sixties, along with Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim and John Osborne's play, Look Back in Anger.

The two books are regarded as classic examples of kitchen sink dramas reflecting life in the mid 20th century Britain.

Sillitoe was born on 4 March 1928 - the second son of an illiterate tannery labourer who was often out of work.

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