Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
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1928 – Alan Sillitoe, born on the 4th of March in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. He is an English writer.
1946 – Joining the Royal Air Force, he was then posted to Malaya where he contracted Tuberculosis.
1949 – Whilst hospitalised for treatment, he developed a taste for reading and writing, which he was to pursue on discharge.
1958 – Commenced work on Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, which was published.
1959 – His story The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, which concerns the rebellion of a borstal boy with a talent for running, won the Hawthornden Prize.
1960 – The book he wrote on SNSM was adapted as a film by Karel Reisz, with Albert Finney as Arthur Seaton.
1990 – He was awarded an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University.
1995 – His autobiography Life Without Armour was critically acclaimed on publication, and offers a view into his squalid childhood.