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The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner
The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner | Alan Sillitoe
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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.
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#ItTakesAllKinds #SomeoneRunning Playing catch up! I read this years ago. I remember I loved it.

LeahBergen Ooo, nice edition! 2mo
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen thanks! British edition, later printing 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🤩 2mo
Eggs 🖤📚🤍 2mo
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Confession: I chose this volume because I like the eponymous Iron Maiden song. Luckily for me, these stories about the hardscrabble midcentury English working class were a slam dunk and I feel richer for it. Two in particular, about a defiant runner and a soldier‘s bittersweet memories of youthful adventure, were especially poignant. I like how Sillitoe doesn‘t romanticize or condemn, but rather aims for the tough, sooty truth. Kippers and all.

Leftcoastzen I love this book, glad you liked it too. 5mo
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Ruthiella Good one! I didn‘t read the books but I saw the TV movie for it and really liked it . 😀 5y
Ruthiella Oops 😬 I just realized I mixed it up with The Loneliest Runner which was only a TV movie. 5y
Leftcoastzen It‘s been years since I read it, remember loving it. 5y
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Cinfhen I think runners are definitely a more solitary breed 5y
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Meanwhile,here in Phoenix, it‘s 46 degrees and we have 5k and 10k going on.Nice now , but we have 5 months of 100 degree plus when I will be hibernating .

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When a book you‘ve never heard of is mentioned in your current book and you discover it‘s a huge classic. 📚

LauraBrook It‘s a new one for me too! #stacked 6y
LeahBergen I‘ve heard of it but not read it. 6y
LauraBeth @LauraBrook and @LeahBergen I love that I‘m still discovering books - even classics! 😀 6y
Suet624 😍😍😍 6y
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Pretty appalling picture of me but here I am with my husband finishing our first 5K tonight!

Does anyone have any suggestions for good fiction and non-fiction books about running?

robinb Congratulations!!! 🎉🎉👏👏👏👏 6y
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Slajaunie Congratulations!!🎈🎉 6y
xicanti On the fiction side, this contemporary YA is really good: 6y
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🙌🏻🎉👏🏻 6y
Louise Congratulations! I agree about Murakami‘s book. It‘s excellent! 6y
TheSpineView Way to go! 6y
Well-ReadNeck 💪🏼🙌🏼👏🏼 6y
sprainedbrain That‘s awesome! Great job. 🙌🏻 6y
Bookzombie Congratulations!!! 6y
hgrimes That‘s awesome! 6y
saresmoore Woohoo! I love your headscarf! 6y
tammysue Congratulations!! 👏🏻🙌🏻 🎉 6y
Branwen Great job! 🎉🎊 6y
erzascarletbookgasm Well done! Yes, I also recommended the same book my Murakami! 6y
Hollie Yay!! You rock! 6y
batsy Nice work!! 👍🏽 6y
LeahBergen Awesome! 👏🏻👏🏻 6y
Simona Congratulations 👏👏👏👏 6y
Amandajoy I heard Deena Kastor just released a new book that‘s supposed to be really good. I‘m thinking about getting it on audio for my long runs. 🏃‍♀️ 6y
readordierachel Well done! 6y
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So happy to see this one!Hardcover dust jacket 3rd printing.I remember loving this book . Used to be talked about more . Often Sillitoe was referred to as a key fiction writer to understand working class Britain after the WWII. Had this in storage. Any Litten Brit care to chime in ? Love to read what you have to say about it.💕

arubabookwoman Not a Brit, but I watched this movie about 20 times when I was a teenager—I loved Tom Courtney. I recently came across the book in a used book store and snapped it up. Haven‘t gotten around to reading it yet, but soon, I hope. 6y
Leftcoastzen @arubabookwoman I love the movie too! 6y
batsy Not aware of his work but your description has made this an automatic stack! 6y
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batsy Thanks! Adding that to the pile too 😎 6y
Leftcoastzen @batsy influenced Mod movement 6y
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