The Life of a Long Distance Writer
Written with the close cooperation of Alan Sillitoe himself, The Life of a Long Distance Writer is not only the definitive work on the legendary writer in his 80th birthday year, it also promises to be perhaps the most controversial literary biography of the last decade. Alan Sillitoe has allowed Richard Bradford unrestriced access to his papers and personal archive, enabling Bradford to build the first comprehensive portrait of this brilliant and often contradictory figure. Within it, Bradford reveals--among other things--that Sillitoe, though proud of his background and Nottingham hometown, rejects the "working-class writer" tag that has been thrust on him, loathes political correctness in all its forms, and has retained for a long time a somewhat unfashionable Zionism, strongly sympathetic to those who want to protect the Jewish homeland. As well as this, Bradford delves into Silltoe's literary and artistic liasions across mediums, perhaps most notably a long and close friendship with Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.
- Hardback | 510 pages
- 189 x 246 x 35.56mm | 680.39g
- 15 Mar 2009
- Peter Owen Publishers
- London, United Kingdom
Draws extensively on Sillitoe's voluminous private papers as well as extensive interviews to present a remarkable narrative of Sillitoe's life and to assert a compelling argument for his central importance in English literature of the last fifty years. . . This thoughtful, eminently readable biography makes his case formidably. -- World Literature Today "World Literature Today" The Story is well told and is as much that of Britain's progress through the twentieth century as the life of one man. Even the few who have never read Sillitoe will be drawn into his story. -- Book "News"
About Richard Bradford
Richard Bradford is a professor of English at the University of Ulster. He previously has taught in the universities of Oxford, Wales, and in Trinity College, Dublin. He has written a dozen books on a variety of subjects, including two critical monographs of Kingsley Amis.