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November 2002
Great Nottinghamians : Alan Sillitoe
Alan Sillitoe
Alan Sillitoe
Alan Sillitoe is Nottingham's most famous contemporary author, read his biography below.
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Boot, Sir Jesse
Booth, General William
Bowden, Sir Frank
Bowles, Peter
Byng, Douglas
Byron, Lord John
Clarke, Rt Hon. Kenneth
Clough, Brian OBE
Coates, Eric
Cole, Andy
Cranmer, Thomas
Dance, Sir George
Dwight, Roy
Flowers, Wilfred
Fothergill, Watson
Hallam, Nick
Hewson, Sherrie
Hitchcock, Alma Reville
Hood, Robin
Howe, Lord Admiral Richard
Howitt, T. Cecil
Karno, Fred
Khaliq, Jawaid
Knight, Dame Laura
Larwood, Harold
Lawrence, DH
Lee, Alvin
Lindsey, Robert
McCarthy, Dennis
Meadows, Shane
Mee, Arthur
Owen, Greg
Player, John
Pollard, Su
Randall, Derek
Reynolds, John
Russell, Graham
Sillitoe, Allan
Smith, Paul CBE
Slater, Colin MBE
Stardust, Alvin
Torvill, Jayne MBE & OBE
Trease, Geoffrey
Walker, Chris
Watson, Dave
Westwood, Lee

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Alan Sillitoe
1928 - Born in Lenton, Nottingham, on the 4th March, to the son of an illiterate tannery labourer.
1942 - At the age of 14 he leaves school and works in a bicycle factory from 1942-46.
1946 - Joins the Royal Air Force. He's sent to Malaya, on his return it was discovered that he had tuberculosis.
1947-48 - Spends 16 months in a RAF hospital, where he started to write and read intensively.
1951 - Meets American poet, Ruth Fainlight, who was married, but they decide to live abroad together.
1952-58 - The couple live in France, Italy and Spain.
1958 - Begins to write his first novel, 'Saturday night and Sunday Morning'.
1959 - Writes 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner', which wins the Hawthornden Prize.
1959 - Marries Ruth Fainlight, and has a son and adopted a daughter.
1960 - The hugely successful, The Saturday night and Sunday Morning is adapted to the screen.
1960 - Publishes his first book of verse. The Rats and other Poems.
1962 - Begins to publish children’s books such as 'The Key to the Door', starring the character 'Marmalade Jim'.
1963-64 spent a month in the Soviet Union and gave his impressions in Road to Volograd.
1968 - Writes 'The Ragman’s Daughter', a collection of short stories.
1971 - Writes 'A Start in Life'.
1972 - Moves beyond lower-class environment, in the autobiographical 'Raw Material'.
1973 - Writes Men, Women and Children.
1974 - Publishes several volumes of poetry, including Storm and other poems and Barbarians and other poems.
1975 - Writes 'Mountains and Caverns'.
1976 - Writes 'The Widower’s Son'.
1985 - Writes 'Life Goes On'.
1990 - Receives an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent Polytechnic.
1991 - Writes 'Leonards War'.
1995 - The squalor of his upbringing is vividly evoked in his autobiography, 'Life without Armour'.
2001 - Publishes Birthday, the long awaited sequel to Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
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