The Open Door
Introduction by Ruth Fainlight
Format: Paperback, 354 pages,
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Available (Published: November 2012)
The Open Door follows Saturday Night and Sunday Morning as the final volume in the Seaton series. Returning on a troopship from Malaya in 1949, Brian Seaton (Arthur's brother) comes back to a Nottingham world of rationing, the black market, a wife he no longer loves and a child who does not recognise him.
He is full of life and lust, but he has tuberculosis, forcing a long stay in a military hospital where he falls for first one nurse, then a second, while carrying on a relationship with another TB sufferer back in Nottingham.
In the background, this partially autobiographical novel reveals that Seaton is starting to write, meeting others like him as he realises there is a wider world than the back streets of his Midlands home.
About the Author
Alan Sillitoe came to fame in 1958 with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. His next book was The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Both were filmed and remain in print. After a long career as a novelist, playwright, poet and screen writer he died in 2010. Ruth Fainlight is a long established poet and translator, her Collected Poems came out in 2011.