Atherton, Stanley S. Alan Sillitoe: A Critical Assessment. London: W. H. Allen, 1979. This study primarily emphasizes the revolutionary spirit of Sillitoe’s first novels, but it deals with short fiction and lesser works as well.
Hanson, Gillian Mary. Understanding Alan Sillitoe. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999. A useful volume of Sillitoe criticism and appreciation.
Hensher, Philip. “Radical Sentiments.” Sunday Telegraph, July 23, 1995, p. B9. A discussion of the life and works of Sillitoe, focusing on his autobiography Life Without Armour and his The Collected Stories; discusses briefly “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” and the political nature of some of Sillitoe’s short stories.
Hitchcock, Peter. Working-Class Fiction in Theory and Practice: A Reading of Alan Sillitoe. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1989. A good examination of the writer’s themes and execution.
Kalliney, Peter. “Cities of Affluence: Masculinity, Class, and the Angry Young Man.” Modern Fiction Studies 47 (Spring, 2001): 92-117. Studies the class element in Sillitoe’s work and the way in which gender dynamics illustrate class dynamics.
Leonardi, Susan J. “The Long-Distance Runner (the Loneliness, Loveliness, Nunliness of).” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 13 (Spring, 1994): 57-66. An intertextual examination of how Grace Paley’s “The Long-Distance Runner” and Sara Maitland’s “The Loveliness of the Long-Distance Runner” rewrite Sillitoe’s “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner.”
Penner, Allen Richard. Alan Sillitoe. Boston: Twayne, 1972. A useful midcareer overview of Sillitoe’s work. Penner offers a short biography and a helpful bibliography. The discussion covers Sillitoe’s poetry and fiction.
Rothschild, Joyce. “The Growth of a Writer: An Interview with Alan Sillitoe.” Southern Humanities Review 20 (Spring, 1986): 127-140. This interview sheds light on Sillitoe’s career and the irrelevance of class on his artistic sensibility. Sillitoe stresses the importance of character in his fiction.
Sawkins, John. The Long Apprenticeship: Alienation in the Early Work of Alan Sillitoe. New York: P. Lang, 2001. A semiotic reading of Silltoe’s work.
Skovmand, Michael, and Steffen Skovmand, eds. The Angry Young Men. Aarhus, Denmark: Akademisk Forlag, 1975. Hans Hauge’s essay on Sillitoe considers Saturday Night and Sunday Morning as a representative novel from an angry generation of young writers that included John Osborne, John Wain, John Braine, and Kingsley Amis.