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    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Alan Sillitoe

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    DescriptionFrom 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.


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    Title
    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Sillitoe
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007255603
    ISBN 10: 0007255608
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Edition
    7000
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPerennial
    Publication date
    16 July 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    '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