The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Runner

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The Loneliness Of The Long-Distance Runner film poster


A version of the hymn "Jerusalem" by William Blake (sung by the Borstal Inmates in the film) was used for the Boxers Tour 1995 Pre-show Tracks.
Featured in the opening sequence of Introducing Morrissey.

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"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner" is a short story by Alan Sillitoe, published in 1959 as part of a short story collection of the same title. The work focuses on Smith, a poor Nottingham teenager from a dismal home in a working class area, who has bleak prospects in life and few interests beyond petty crime. The boy experiences social alienation and turns to long-distance running as a method of both emotional and physical escape from his situation. The story was adapted for a 1962 film of the same title.