Alan Sillitoe

Alan Sillitoe was an English writer and one of the so-called 'Angry Young Men' of the 1950s. He is best known for his novels 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' and 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner'.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

    The novel provides a gritty, realistic portrayal of working-class life in post-war British society, as seen through the eyes of a rebellious young factory worker in Nottingham. The protagonist, a hard-drinking, womanizing anti-hero, navigates life's challenges and societal expectations, while seeking personal freedom and meaning beyond the mundanity of his labor-intensive job. His weekend binges and love affairs contrast starkly with the stifling conformity of his weekday routines, reflecting the broader social and cultural tensions of the time.

    The 590th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner

    This novel revolves around a rebellious young man from a working-class background who finds solace in long-distance running. After being sent to a Borstal (youth detention center) for robbing a bakery, he is selected for the institution's cross-country running team due to his talent for running. However, he uses the solitude of his long-distance runs to reflect on his life and the class system that has landed him in his current situation. Despite the expectations placed on him, he ultimately chooses to assert his independence in a final act of defiance, symbolizing his rejection of the system that seeks to control him.

    The 5803rd Greatest Book of All Time