London: W. H. Allen, 1959. First edition of his first book. Nine related stories including the title one which was the basis for the 1962 film of the same name with screenplay by Sillitoe. A poor Nottingham teenager with bleak prospects turns to long-distance running for emotional and physical escape. Very good to near fine with fading to cloth edges and minor offet along hinges but otherwise crisp and bright; in like dust jacket with price clipped, few stains near base of rear panel, and just a touch of wear to head of spine and corners.