Holiday, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is 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 some 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 Middleton...One has to look at nineteenth-century writing for comparable storytelling". (Sunday Times).




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I liked this book - although I can also see why some people would hate it! Middleton seems to have quite a good take on how a man might behave and think in the circumstance of a separation from his wife following a traumatic event in their relationship. I guess it's not very exciting, but I don't read fiction for excitement.

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