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  • Stanley Middleton R.I.P.

    Thu, 30 Jul 2009 02:31

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    The 1974 Booker prize-winning author of Holiday, Stanley Middleton, has died aged 89. Middleton was critically vaunted, but is something of a forgotten writer even in the UK.

    This from the Guardian newspaper:

    Middleton, who lived in Nottingham [in the British Midlands] jointly won the Booker in 1974 for his quietly skilful novel in which a lecturer retreats to a seaside resort to escape the death of his son and the failure of his marriage. Ronald Blythe, reviewing the book at the time, said that "we need Stanley Middleton to remind us what the novel is about. Holiday is vintage Middleton. The result of Mr Middleton's analysis is so satisfying that one has to look at 19th-century writing for comparable storytelling." He shared the prize with Nadine Gordimer's The Conservationist.

    Middleton was remarkably prolific: his writing career spanned six decades and 44 novels, most of which were set in his home town of Nottingham, tackling the domestic lives of ordinary people. His most recent, Her Three Wise Men, was published in 2008.

    Tony Whittome, Middleton's editor for more than a quarter of a century, said he had been working on a new novel when he died after a long struggle with cancer.

  • Stanley Middleton R.I.P.

    Thu, 30 Jul 2009 02:21

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    The 1974 Booker prize-winning author of Holiday, Stanley Middleton, has died aged 89. This from the Guardian newspaper:

    Middleton, who lived in Nottingham, jointly won the Booker in 1974 for his quietly skilful novel in which a lecturer retreats to a seaside resort to escape the death of his son and the failure of his marriage. Ronald Blythe, reviewing the book at the time, said that "we need Stanley Middleton to remind us what the novel is about. Holiday is vintage Middleton. The result of Mr Middleton's analysis is so satisfying that one has to look at 19th-century writing for comparable storytelling." He shared the prize with Nadine Gordimer's The Conservationist.

    Middleton was remarkably prolific: his writing career spanned six decades and 44 novels, most of which were set in his home town of Nottingham, tackling the domestic lives of ordinary people. His most recent, Her Three Wise Men, was published in 2008.

    Tony Whittome, Middleton's editor for more than a quarter of a century, said he had been working on a new novel when he died after a long struggle with cancer.

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