Holiday by Stanley Middleton

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...the novel's power, which builds slowly but unmistakably, is its own. And Middleton is the most forensically acute of observers...
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The Booker Prize-winning novel from 'the Chekhov of suburbia', Stanley Middleton. Rejacketed and republished by Windmill for the anniversary of its 1974 win. Edwin Fisher has fled to a seaside resort of his childhood past to try to come to terms with the death of his baby son and the collapse of his marriage to Meg. On this strange and lonely holiday, as he seeks to understand what went wrong, Edwin must find somea way to think about what he has been and decide upon where he can go next. 'At first glance, or even at second, Stanley Middleton's world is easily recognizable... The excellence of art, for Middleton, is an exact vision of real things as they are. And because he is himself so exact an observer, his world at third glance can seem strange and disturbing or newly and brilliantly lit with colour.' A.S. Byatt `We need Stanley Middleton to remind us what the novel is about. Holiday is vintage Middletonâ ¦ One has to look at nineteenth-century writing for comparable storytelling.' Sunday Times
 

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Born in 1919 in Bulwell, Nottingham, England, Stanley Middleton attended University College in Nottingham. After college he served in the British Army and then became part of the Army Educational Corps. He later taught at High Pavement College in Nottingham. Harris's Requiem, was published in 1960, A Serious Woman and Two's Company were published in '61 and '63.. His novel Holiday, about a composer who takes great joy in creativity, published in 1974, was the cowinner of the Booker Prize.
 
Published January 1, 2007 by Oak Tree Press. 44 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Sep 26 2014

...the novel's power, which builds slowly but unmistakably, is its own. And Middleton is the most forensically acute of observers...

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