Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Paperback Book

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Paperback

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This cult classic of working class life in post-war Nottingham follows the exploits of rebellious factory worker Arthur Seaton and is introduced by Richard Bradford.Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings.

A hard-drinking, hard-fighting hooligan, he knows what he wants, and he's sharp enough to get it.Before long, his carryings-on with a couple of married women become the stuff of local gossip.

But then one evening he meets a young girl and life begins to look less simple...First published in 1958, `Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' achieved instant critical acclaim and helped to establish Alan Sillitoe as one of the greatest British writers of his generation.

The film of the novel, starring Albert Finney, transformed British cinema and was much imitated.


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Most English novels are written in an incredibly dry manner (and, hey, I'm English too). SN&SM really excels with the excellent way Sillitoe writes. It's an evocative style without ever being heavy handed like so many turgid, naturalistic novels. It makes for a wonderfully easy read that the author paces extremely well too. It's true that Arthur is in many ways a not too sympathetic character, but Sillitoe injects him with enough wit to, somehow, make him seem a loveable rogue who you want to avoid any nasty comeuppance. Perhaps the most surprising thing was how relevant the novel still feels today. Much of the behaviour (for better and worse) and the attitudes held still seem like ones you wouldn't have to travel far in England to come across. Good writing in a setting that still feels relevant today - you can't ask for much more than that. A real great read.