The Ragman’s Daughter (1963) was Alan Sillitoe’s second collection of short stories after The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1960). All seven stories in the volume are set mainly in Nottingham and feature working-class protagonists whom we sometimes know only by their forenames, which contributes to a sense of intimacy. The collection confirms that Sillitoe was a master of the short story form, able to create absorbing characters, scenes and situations and to pack large implications into a brief run of pages.
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