An account of the physical and mental maturing of the English novelist Alan Sillitoe, author of "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" and "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner".
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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, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006384307