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British author Alan Sillitoe has died

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Allan Sillitoe, the British writer who rose to postwar fame with the novels Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (made into a movie in 1962 by Tony Richardson) died today. He was 82. The fame of Runner often overshadowed his other novels, as well as his plays, short stories, and poetry. All of his work, regardless of genre, was essentially the story of British working poor, a story he felt uniquely qualified to write, having left school at 14 to work in a bicycle factory. “I’ve really only got one story,” he told the Guardian many years later, “and that’s mine…. About 20 years ago an American university asked me to fill out a 50-page questionnaire on the creative process. I didn’t know what to say and was tempted to write any old crap and sign it Virginia Woolf.”