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Alan Sillitoe, Nottingham author, at the launch of his book 'A tree on fire'

Alan Sillitoe was born March 4, 1928 and as a writer became one of the Angry Young Men of the 1950s. Sillitoe was born in Nottingham, to working class parents. Their family home was opposite the Raleigh bicycle works where he (at one time) and his father worked. Joining the Royal Air Force in 1946, Sillitoe was then posted to Malaya where he contracted Tuberculosis. Whilst hospitalised for treatmeā€¦