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On Saturday afternoon [A. Sillitoe]

Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010) is one of the Angry Young Men of the 1950s (although none of them welcomed such label).
Born in Nottingham to working class parents, he left school at the age of 14 and served in the Royal Air Force as a wireless operator. After returning to England from Malaya, he was discovered to have tuberculosis and he spent sixteen months in an RAF hospital.
Pensioned off at 21 on 45 shillings a week, he lived in France and Spain for seven years in an attempt to recover. In 1955, whilst living in Mallorca with his lover, American poet Ruth Fainlight, and in contact with the poet Robert Graves, Sillitoe wrote ‘Saturday Night And Sunday Morning’.
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 in 1959. It comprises a short story collection of the same name, which also included

On Saturday Afternoon ↑ [read]

Bear in mind that suicide in Britain was considered a crime at the time when the book was written.

¤  LISTEN ↓ / voice = Tom Courtenay

¤  A short glossary of British slang:

– bloke = guy / man;                    – pictures  =  movies / films;

– maulers  =  (big) hands;            – clink  =  prison / jail;

– peepers  =  eyes;                       – goz  =  look;

– balls-up  =  mess;                     – nark  =  report / inform the police.

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