Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe

To Arthur Seaton, key worker on a lathe in a Nottingham cycle factory, life is one long battle with authority. You don't need to give Arthur more than one chance to do the Government, trick the foreman or dally with married women.

And when the day's work is over, Arthur is off to the pubs, raring for adventure. He is a warrior of the bottle and the bedroom - his slogan is 'If it's going, it's for me' - for his aim is to cheat the world before it can cheat him. And never is the battle more fiercely joined than on Saturday night.
But Sunday morning is the time of reckoning, the time for facing up to life

A book of its age (written in 1958) and very true to the working class factory-worker’s life, the plot is imbued with a wonderful, underlying sense of humour which we found it very interesting and enjoyable. Arthur comes across as a very optimistic young man with a great exuberance for life. He is not a villain and was somehow likeable in spite of being thoroughly amoral. Definitely a modern classic.

Submitted by Donaghadee Reading Group