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Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010), Writer
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Left school at fourteen and started working at the Raleigh Bicycle Factory. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1946, and was posted to Malaya where he contracted tuberculosis; hospitalised for eighteen months, he began writing. Sillitoe's first volume of poetry, Without Beer or Bread (1957), was followed in 1958 by his first novel, the groundbreaking Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. It was awarded the Author's Club First Novel Award, was made into a film in 1960, and adapted as a stage play in 1964. His novel The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner won the Hawthornden Prize in 1959. It was also adapted into a film in 1962. Sillitoe has written many more novels, and volumes of poetry.