The Life of a Long-Distance Writer by Richard Bradford
The Biography of Alan Sillitoe

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Written with the close co-operation of Alan Sillitoe himself, this book is the definitive work on the legendary writer, and perhaps the most controversial literary biography of the last decade. Through unrestriced access to Sillitoe's papers and personal archives Bradford has crafted the first comprehensive portrait of this brilliant and often contradictory figure. Though proud of his background and Nottingham hometown, Sillitoe rejects the `working-class writer' tag that has been thrust on him, loathes political correctness in all its forms and has retained a somewhat unfashionable Zionism, strongly sympathetic to those who want to protect the Jewish homeland. As well as this, Bradford delves into Silltoe's literary and artistic liasions across mediums, perhaps most notably a long and close friendship with Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes.
 

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Richard Bradford was educated at the University of Wales and at Oxford. He has held academic posts in Oxford, Wales, and Trinity College, Dublin. He is currently a Research Professor in English at the University of Ulster. He has published twenty books, including Lucky Him: The Life of Kingsley Amis (2001), First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin (2005) and The Life of A Long Distance Writer: The Authorised Biography of Alan Sillitoe.
 
Published September 1, 2008 by Peter Owen Publishers. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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