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Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010)

He was a representative of the working class, and from this perspective he criticizes the middle and upper classes and their moral principles, and sees life as a continuous battle between the working class and the so-called "establishment". Honesty is for him the necessity to maintain his personal integrity, based on principles different from the official external rules dictated by the higher classes. Alan Sillitoe was born in 1928 in the Midlands town of Nottingham into a working - class family. His father had worked in a cycle - factory and lost his job during the depression of the 1930s, he was an illiterate and violent man, disrespectful of authority of any kind. Alan left school at the age of fourteen and began working in the same cycle - factory, but at the end of World War II he joined the Air Force as a radio operator in Malaya, where he became ill with tuberculosis. He was sent to a Royal Air Force hospital for sixteen months ans spent this time reading intensely and beginning to write. He then received a small pension, which he lived on until his writing brought him economic independence.
He died in 2010. Sillitoe was a prolific writer. Generally known for his novels and short stories, he also produced poetry, plays, travel and children's books.

Here are some of them:
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958)
The loneliness of the long-distance runner (1959)
The Broken Chariot
The Open Door
The Rats and Other Poems
Tides and Stone Walls
Life without Armour (1995).

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