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Alan Sillitoe dies aged 82

26th April 2010

The life and works of Nottingham-born novelist Alan Sillitoe have been lauded following the author's death this weekend at the age of 82.

Sillitoe achieved fame in the 1950s with his first books, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, both of which were adapted into major films.

His gritty novels chronicled the life of the working classes and dealt with kitchen-sink dramas, leading to the writer being regarded as one of the Angry Young Men of British literature.

Poet Ian McMillan commented: 'He lived a writer's life, he lived the life of somebody who always wanted to write.'

Councillor Leon Unczur, the Sheriff of Nottingham, said that Sillitoe was a 'great friend' of the city and noted that he became its 35th Honorary Freeman two years ago.

'The country has lost one its most well-known and respected authors,' he added. 'Our thoughts are with Alan's family at this sad time.'

Although Sillitoe's greatest fame came with his first two novels, he wrote more than 50 works, including poetry, plays and children's books.

He died on Sunday (April 25th) at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

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