Sophie Smith-Rudge

Classic read: Saturday night and Sunday morning

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Alan Sillitoe

The novel opens in the midst of a rowdy Saturday night, "the best and bingiest glad-time of the week" for 22 year old Arthur Seaton, a factory worker in post-war Nottingham. Weekdays are spent "sweating his guts out" in the bicycle factory and daydreaming through repetitive work. However, after payday Arthur and his friends spend their weekends drinking and fighting, to "swill" the factory out of their system and explode the "piled up passions" from monotonous work.

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