By Alan Sillitoe.
Classic novel set in Nottingham in the 1950s.The first part of the story of Arthur Seaton, a young man working in a bicycle factory by day and living life to the full by night.
Arthur begins another week's drudgery in the bicycle factory.
Working all day at a lathe leaves Arthur Seaton with energy to spare in the evenings.
A hard-drinking, hard-fighting young rebel of a man, he knows what he wants and hes sharp enough to get it.
And before long, his carryings-on with a couple of married women are part of local gossip.
But then one evening he meets a young girl in a pub, and Arthur's life begins to look less simple.
Arthur has a date to meet his workmate's wife, Brenda.
Arthur and Brenda have an appointment with a tin bath and a bottle of gin.
Jack warns Arthur that his womanising is in danger of getting him into trouble.
Mrs Bull's malicious gossip makes trouble in the yard.
Arthur meets Doreen but isn't ready to forgo the pleasures of the married sisters.
Arthur Seaton's luck finally runs out when Winnie's husband catches up with him.
Arthur takes stock after suffering a savage beating from Winnie's husband.
Arthur becomes Doreen's young man.
Read by Paul Copley.