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Sillitoe, Alan

Born: 1928 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
Nationality: English
Categories: Authors, Writers

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.