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Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010), Writer

Sitter in 8 portraits
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.

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Alan Sillitoe

by Hubert Andrew Freeth
chalk, 1959
NPG 6554


Alan Sillitoe

by John Hedgecoe
bromide print, 1959
NPG P776


Alan Sillitoe

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, October 1958
NPG x88227


Alan Sillitoe

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, August 1961
NPG x17977


Alan Sillitoe

by Fay Godwin
bromide print, 1975
NPG x12940


Alan Sillitoe

by Granville Davies
resin print, March 1985
NPG x24422


Alan Sillitoe

by Granville Davies
resin print, March 1985
NPG x24421


Alan Sillitoe

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print
NPG P1922

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