Synopses & Reviews
Perhaps one of the most revered works of fiction in the twentieth-century, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
is a modern classic about integrity, courage, and bucking the system. Its title story recounts the story of a reform school cross-country runner who seizes the perfect opportunity to defy the authority that governs his life. It is a pure masterpiece. From there the collection expands even further from the touching “On Saturday Afternoon” to the rollicking “The Decline and Fall and Frankie Buller.” Beloved for its lean prose, unforgettable protagonists, and real-life wisdom, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
captured the voice of a generation, and its poignant and empowering life lessons will continue to captivate and entertain readers for generations to come.
In the title story, a boy is made into a distance runner when he arrives at reform school. As he remembers the botched robbery that placed him in custody, he begins to wonder just who he is running for.
About the Author
Alan Sillitoe was born in 1928, the son of a tannery worker. He left school at age fourteen to work in a factory. He was one of the working-class novelists who revitalized British fiction in the 1950s. His first novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was followed with the bestselling collection The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. He adapted both works for the screen in the early 1960s. He is the author of more than 40 works of prose, poetry, and drama.