Robert Rigby's dramatisation of Alan Sillitoe's short story about an angry young man.
Robert Rigby's dramatisation of Alan Sillitoe's landmark short story set in the late 1950s.
Borstal boy Smith remembers his crimes and plots his future as he runs, training for the national cross-country event. The governor is desperate for the kudos of victory, telling Smith that hard work and athletic success will turn him into an honest man.
At only 17 years-old, Smith is a genuinely angry young man. His life is already a battle between them and us. There are the In-laws, as he terms the law-abiding, property owning majority, and the Out-laws, the substantial minority who have no stake in the system.
First published in 1959, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is uncompromisingly tough, at times bleakly comic, and always totally unsentimental.
Sound Design: David Chilton
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.