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Author to receive freedom of city
Alan Sillitoe
Sillitoe's work often depicted working class life in the 1950s
One of Nottingham's most renowned authors is to be given the freedom of the city.

Alan Sillitoe is best known for his book "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" and the story "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner".

A lot of his most famous work depicts life in working-class Nottinghamshire in the late fifties.

Lenton-born Sillitoe, who celebrated his 80th birthday on Tuesday, will receive the honour in June.

It really is an honour. It's something I never thought I'd get
Alan Sillitoe

After leaving school at 14, he started working life in the city's Raleigh factory.

His writing career began when he was hospitalised with tuberculosis and his first novel "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" was published in 1958.

City council leader Jon Collins, who proposed the author for the title, said: "Alan Sillitoe is Nottingham's most significant author of modern times and a worthy successor to the literary giants Byron and Lawrence who came before him".

In a statement released through the council, Sillitoe said: "It really is an honour. It's something I never thought I'd get. I'm staggered."

Others who have been given the title of Honorary Freeman of Nottingham City include William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, the fashion designer Paul Smith and the former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough.

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