MysteryLarge Print EditionAs a young boy, Frank Stapleton stumbles upon an unanswerable question about life and its meaning, and is devastated at the outcome. Now, half a century later and in retirement after a successful professional career, Frank has to face his doubts again through the problems of his family, colleagues and friends; in particular his son Stuart and Stuarts wife Francesca. It takes an unexpected potential tragedy to bring the story to its climactic resolution, and to an answer to the question posed to Frank all those years before.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Ex lib with some stamps. Bookseller Inventory # FH2078
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1997. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. First Edition. Novel of contemporary English Provincial life. Blue cloth cover with large Gilt Lettering to spine. 216 Pages, 420g, 8 3/4" Tall. No inscriptions. Very slight edge wear at top of jacket. Not clipped. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 015431
Book Description London Hutchinson, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Ex Library Minimal Hallmarks.Unclipped DJ.Blue Boards Stamped In Gilt Text Has Light Tape Marks.Very Clean Text.Solid Square Copy.216pp. Bookseller Inventory # F30837
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Gentle but insightful novel of ordinary English life. Book has blue cloth boards and is Fine; dustjacket very nearly so with some very faint indentatoiuons which can just be seen in reflected light. 216 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 006646
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1997, 1997. Hardback. 1st, Fine/Fine, Stanley Middleton won the Booker prize for his novel 'Holiday', this novel confirms him as a master storyteller. Virtually a mint copy. Bookseller Inventory # 1904
Book Description Hutchinson, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. A few small marks to the page edges. A slight tan to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0007230110
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR005727477
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Attractive, impressionistic cover illustration by Jane Strother. ***SIGNED and warmly INSCRIBED and contemporaneously dated by the author in very small, neat blue ink on the title page: 'To Stuart and Janet with love, Stanley Middleton. 1997.' ***First impression of the true first edition. ***Very fine in blue cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. No inscriptions (other than the author's). Pages clean and bright. Spine tight. Gilt titles bright. Tiny light splash mark to bottom of front board. Tiny unobtrusive indentation to a few pages at top edge of text-block. ***In a very fine colour illustrated dustwrapper which has not been price-clipped, showing original publisher's price of £15.99. Very edge of top outer corner of front panel of dustwrapper slightly creased. No tears. No fading. Front panel, back panel and spine of dustwrapper bright and crisp. ***216 pages. 224mm x 144mm. ***'As a young boy, Frank Stephen stumbles upon an unanswerable question about life and its meaning, and is devastated at the outcome. Now, half a century later and in retirement after a successful professional career, Frank has to face his doubts again through the problems of his family, colleagues and friends; in particular his son Stuart and Stuart's wife Francesca, who despite giving the appearance of a successful modern couple are about to part. It takes an unexpected potential tragedy to bring the story to its climatic resolution, and to an answer to the question posed to Frank all those years before.' (Quote from inside front jacket blurb). ***'At a first glance, or even at second, Stanley Middleton's world is easily recognisable. 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 - review quote from back of jacket blurb]. ***The first impression of the true first edition in its original dustwrapper in fine collectable condition - from the Booker Prize-winner of 'Holiday'. Uncommon, and scarce to find, signed and inscribed by the author. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. Signed and Inscribed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 2088
Book Description Hutchinson London, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition... Described as the Chekov of suburbia, Stanley Middletonn won the Booker Prize in 1976, and his wonderful novels gathered an enthusiastic following. He was a prolific writer who built up his readership with his addictable prose style and his ability to make the ordinary extraordinary. Ronald Blythe wrote We need Stanley Middleton to remind us what the novel is about. And Isobel Quigley wrote, A rocklike example of excellence. His signed first editions are much valued and sought out by the discerning collector, and this is a superb example. It is simply signed, without a dedication, on the title page, and the book is in an unread condition, and inside a perfect protected jacket Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7680482200