Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings. A hard-drinking, hard-fighting hooligan, he knows what he wants, and he's sharp enough to get it.

Before long, his carryings-on with a couple of married women become the stuff of local gossip. But then one evening he meets a young girl and life begins to look less simple…

First published in 1958, ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ achieved instant critical acclaim and helped to establish Alan Sillitoe as one of the greatest British writers of his generation. The film of the novel, starring Albert Finney, transformed British cinema and was much imitated.

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ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0007205023 & ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0007205028
First published in 1958
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Liz: A fascinating insight into what it was to be a young working class man in post war 1950’s Britain.
Arthur Seaton spends his weeks working in a local bike factory and his weekends drinking, fighting and sleeping with married women.
Set in Nottingham written using the local dialect and describing working class lifestyles and attitudes to politics and the threat of war this novel is a documentary of the times.
Not a comfortable or easy read but challenging and compelling . 8/10

Jenny: I really enjoyed being immersed in Arthur's riotous, fast moving world. I found his character entertaining yet repugnant and wondering what would become of him kept me reading late into the night. 8/10

Theona: Tried hard to read this book but had to admit defeat as I just couldn't get into it. 0/10.

Tracey: Loved this book, it gives an insight into a lost world, where almost every street had a pub, shop and gawker!! 9/10

Book Club are reading The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows over the summer ready to discuss the book (and the film) at our next meeting which will be at the Willow Tree Pub at 7pm on Monday 12th September. New members always welcome.