This consummate portrait of English provincial life, an extremely subtle story, told with all Middleton’s artistry and depth of feeling, was joint winner of the Booker Prize in 1974.
Edwin Fisher is on holiday at the English seaside — but this revisiting of childhood haunts is no ordinary holiday. Edwin is seeking to understand the failure of his marriage to Meg, but it turns out that her parents are staying at the same resort — whether by accident or design — and are keen to patch up the relationship. As the past and his enigmatic wife loom larger, deeper truths emerge and the perspective shifts in unexpected ways.
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Stanley Middleton lives in Nottingham, where most of his novels are set. Holiday is being simultaneously reissued with Her Three Wise Men for the 40th anniversary of the Booker Prize.Review:
Praise for Stanley Middleton:
“As with everything Middleton writes, a great deal rustles beneath the surface.” — Guardian on Brief Garlands
“Middleton strips away the surface of people’s lives, revealing complexities which in real life we prefer to keep hidden.” — Scotsman on Sterner Stuff
“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
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1974. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 2nd impression. blue bds with silver titles to spine, edges rubbed. some creaing along top edge of jacket. small chip to jacket at back top edge, 5mm x 3mm. front and back fly leaves for jacket have darkened, leaving 5mm strip at top and bottom. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 045957
Book Description Hutchinson, 1974. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Second Impression. Second impression. 240pp Blue cloth with white title. D/J price clipped. vg clean copy in vg protected dw. Bookseller Inventory # 077809
Book Description Hutchinson, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition.... UK hardback first impression of this scarce Booker winner. Good+ overall condition with a gift inscription to ffep. The jacket is unclipped, but fair only with some loss to top of rear panel. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 1478043511659
Book Description London; Hutchinson;, 1974. First edition, first printing. Joint Booker Prize winner. Replaced endpapers, otherwise fine in near fine slightly spine faded dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 18808
Book Description Hutchinson, UK, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Good inside. Tear to dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 002247
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1974. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Hutchinson 1974. Uncorrected proof copy in red covers, scarce. Signed by author to title page, VG with a lean, slight creasing to spine, creasing to corners, two small marks to front, dustiness to top of textblock, some shelfwear, scuff marks to back cover, previous owner's name. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000248
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1974. Hardcover. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. One of the scarcest of the Booker Prize winners, this novel shared the award with Nadine Gordimer's *The Conservationist* in 1974. Seldom encountered, especially in this condition. Bookseller Inventory # 409967