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Key to the Door

(1961)
(The second book in the Seaton series)
A novel by

 
 
An existential saga of working-class life in a British factory town and military service in the torrid jungles of the Far East from award-winning, bestselling author Alan Sillitoe

Key to the Door turns away from the boisterous pursuits of Arthur Seaton made infamous in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and focuses instead on the quieter rebellions of his older brother, Brian. Brian's childhood and adolescence in the grimy streets of Nottingham are shaped by the Depression-era struggles of his family, the life and culture of the factory town, and the love and bullying of his iron-willed grandfather and erratic father.

When Brian reaches adulthood, he frequents the local pubs, works hard at a cardboard factory, and runs into a sticky situation with a woman named Pauline that obliges him to marry her. Soon though, he is conscripted for the postwar occupation of Malaya, and his true colors begin to show. Brian declares that he only wears his uniform to collect his paycheck; he shows contempt for the soldiers who obey the rules; he pursues a relationship with an exotic Chinese dancer; and he sends poetry into the jungle in Morse code.

At once a vivid family portrait and a study of "the desolate, companionless void of protest" prevalent in postwar England, Key to the Door establishes the Seaton Novels as a broad and sweeping saga of twentieth-century British life, set against the backdrop of Nottingham.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alan Sillitoe including rare images from the author's estate.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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April 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: Key to the Door
Author(s): Alan Sillitoe
ISBN: 0-586-06570-9 / 978-0-586-06570-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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December 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: Key to the Door
Author(s): Alan Sillitoe
ISBN: 0-491-02264-6 / 978-0-491-02264-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: W.H. Allen / Virgin Books
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1969 : UK Hardback
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Title: Key To The Door
Author(s): Alan Sillitoe
ISBN: 0-333-04061-9 / 978-0-333-04061-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Progress Publishers
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Paperback Editions

September 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Key to the Door
Author(s): Alan Sillitoe
ISBN: 1-01-460273-4 / 978-1-01-460273-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hassell Street Press
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October 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Key to the Door
Author(s): Alan Sillitoe
ISBN: 0-586-09006-1 / 978-0-586-09006-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paladin
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September 1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: Key to the Door
Author(s): Alan Sillitoe
ISBN: 0-352-30251-8 / 978-0-352-30251-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Star
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Audio Editions

May 1994 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Key to the Door: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Alan Sillitoe
ISBN: 1-85695-718-7 / 978-1-85695-718-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Isis Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Key to the Door: A Novel (The Seaton Novels)
Author(s): Alan Sillitoe
Publisher: Open Road Media
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