…ten runners running…

…ten runners running…

Sillitoe’s follow-up to Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (SNSM) is a strange beast, a chimeric compromise spawned from his publishers wanting another sensational ‘Angry Young Man’ book, against Sillitoe’s desire to broaden his palette and show that the literary...
…nine Howitt’s typing…

…nine Howitt’s typing…

Volume one of ‘Howitt’s Journal’, edited by William & Mary Howitt, opens with the married couple setting out their aims. “For years it has been our resolve to devote ourselves by such a periodical to the entertainment, the good, and the advancement of the public.”...
..eight Wayne’s a-working…

..eight Wayne’s a-working…

The first masked hero in literature was Barnoess Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel, appearing in 1905. It was written after Orczy’s stage play of the same name enjoyed a long run in London, having first opened in Nottingham. The scarlet pimpernel refers to a group of...
…seven Seaton’s swigging…

…seven Seaton’s swigging…

Any book that opens with the lead character necking eleven pints and seven gin chasers before plunging headlong down the stairs is a book that isn’t interested in moderation. From boozy start to bruised end, Alan Sillitoe’s debut is a book familiar to anyone who has...
…six Trease a-saying…

…six Trease a-saying…

Nottingham’s Geoffrey Trease was a prolific and popular author whose first novel was ‘a seminal work of socialist literature for children’. ‘Bows Against the Barons’ sees the rich and poor clash in medieval England, a time of harsh winters and starvation, not a place...