This is an account of Alan Sillitoe's life. It ranges from his early years of council-house penury, through evacuation, life in the army and TB, to his rebirth as an angry young man. The book is published to coincide with his "Collected Stories".
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"A marvellous escape story. Throughout the book, Sillitoe is in a state of constant excitement and impatience for life to begin"
NEW STATESMAN & SOCIETY
"A modest, unassuming and decent book, best where it tells self-mockingly of Sillitoe's early literary efforts but chilling also in its brief account of his childhood."
ROBERT NYE, 'Scotsman Weekender'
"Few writers have come quite so far on such uncompromising fuel. An absorbing book, not only for its portrait of a pre-Welfare State slum childhood, but for its angle on the position of working class writers."
D J TAYLOR, 'Independent Weekend'
"Sillitoe's autobiography is the more impressive for being told in simple, almost biblical voice: the voice he was in search of all those years, trimmed to the essence and peculiarly his own.”
"A cheery story, something rare in any sort of biographical writing nowadays."
"'Life Without Armour' is indeed an extraordinary book."
MAIL ON SUNDAY
Alan Sillitoe was born in 1928 and left school at 14 to work in various factories. He began writing after four years in the RAF, and lived for six years in France and Spain. His first stories were printed in the ‘Nottingham Weekly Guardian’. 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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Book Description HarperCollins. Book Condition: Acceptable. Light-moderate wear. Light interior markings. Good reading copy!. Bookseller Inventory # BOOK-0219-00683
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002389655
Book Description HarperCollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0002555700I5N00
Book Description HarperCollins, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000064787
Book Description Jul 10, 1995. Book Condition: Used: Acceptable. Ex-library book, usual markings. Hardback with dust cover. Well read copy with some spine wear but still useable, colouring of page edges due to age. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Bookseller Inventory # M07_5044_BD_12/16
Book Description HarperCollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 0002555700 WITH DJ, LEAN TO SPINE. Bookseller Inventory # JJJ0005145
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, London, 1995. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. The book has library marks. The dust jacket is wrapped in a protective plastic coating. The page edges are somewhat tanned. 275 pages. Size: Size F: 9"-10" Tall (228-254mm). Ex Library. Bookseller Inventory # 143044
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, London, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 004934
Book Description Harper Collins, London -, 1995. hardcover, 6¼" x 9½", with dust jacket Alan Sillitoe's reputation as novelist, poet, and short-story writer has increased in stature in the decades following the success of his classic novels and cult films. This account of his early years of council-house penury, evacuation, life in the army, TB, his re-birth as a polemical angry young man and everything in between, is told here with emotion and dexterity. It's a memorable 'growing-up' experience. VERY GOOD book in VERY GOOD unclipped dust jacket 275 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 39533
Book Description HarperCollins, London, 1995. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Bound in the publishers black hardcover with gilt title lettering to spine this is the first impression of the first edition of Alan Sillitoes excellent autobiography. Of particular note is anyone interested in the writers upbringing and his formative years in Nottingham, his birthplace, which is recalled here with great clarity and poignancy. The 274 pages remain in fresh, clean condition with no inscriptions and are tightly bound. Book sits solid and square. Housed in the near fine dustwrapper with publishers printed price intact on front inside flap. Light signs of handling otherwise dustwrapper remains very presentable. Photograph of Alan Sillitoe as a young man to the front panel. Protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. Photographs of the book and the dustwrapper are available on request. A very tidy copy of the autobiography of the early years of one of the greatest English writers of the twentieth century. The Rare Book Shelf carries a select stock of Alan Sillitoe first edition titles. Bookseller Inventory # 000671