Sunday, April 25

Alan Sillitoe A "Novellist" Dead At The Age of 82

According to his family, the Novelist Alan Sillitoe died today at the age of 82. The Nottingham-born writer, whose novels marked him out as one of the Angry Young Men of British fiction who emerged in the 1950s, died at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

Alan Sillitoe's son "David" said that he hoped his father would be remembered for his contribution to literature.

Sillitoe is also survived by his wife, the poet Ruth Fainlight, and a daughter, Susan.

The author was most famous for work which realistically portrayed the plight of working class 'heroes' in post-war Britain and their disillusionment over the lack of employment opportunities for people returning from military service.

Sillitoe was born on March 4 1928 in Nottingham, the second son of an illiterate tannery labourer who was regularly out of work.
He was later to sum up his squalid, penny-pinching childhood in these words: 'We lived in a room in Talbot Street whose four walls smelled of leaking gas, stale fat and layers of mouldering wallpaper.'
His first semi-fictional tale, written when he was a child.
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