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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.

This is an extremely subtle story, a consummate portrait of English provincial life told with all Stanley Middleton's artistry and depth of feeling. It was joint winner of the Booker Prize in 1974.

'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

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041OT9EE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

It would be…it would be so nice…

 on 10 September 2016
By annwiddecombe
In 2006, the first few chapters of ‘Holiday’ – winner of the Booker Prize in 1974 – were sent incognito to various literary agents by a waggish Sunday Time journalist. Inevitably, all but one rejected them. What does this prove? Not much. Simply that the opening of Middleton’s novel – set in a church during a Sunday service – does not scream ‘bestseller’. What it does is quietly, acutely and idiosyncratically introduce the story’s protagonist, 32-year-old Edwin Fisher. No believer, he hums the hymns, notes the music, the ‘brightness of elbow-grease’ on the pews, the ‘flowered hats, bonnets of convoluted ribbon and pale summer coats’ of the congregation; he’s present but also removed, detached. We discover that he is escaping a marriage that has turned toxic after a family tragedy and just begun a week’s holiday in east-coast resort Bealthorpe (think Skegness or Bridlington). But there can be no escape. Later, settling in with a pint, he sees a man come through the pub’s door – his wife’s father, manipulative Welsh windbag, ‘smart golf cap…checked tweeds’, solicitor David Vernon.

The Old Story

 on 15 November 2013
By Mr. D. James
Stanley Middleton, Holiday

Just another walk on the Prom…

 on 24 January 2015
By John Goddard
Middleton’s Holiday is a delightful, thoughtful, emotional journey. His sense of time and place is wonderful, as we join our protagonist Fisher on a short holiday in an English east coast seaside resort. He has recently left his wife, and seems to be retreating to his childhood as he heads for the resort he always visited as a child with his controlling father. In fact the whole week is filled with flashbacks to his childhood, and to the early years of his marriage. It comes as a surprise to realise that Fisher is only in his early 30s – he often acts and sounds like a much older man. Like his father perhaps? The theme of fatherhood is important, and the week turns on a chance meeting with his father-in-law… Will this chance meeting presage a reconciliation?

Marriage break

 on 1 September 2012
By D. J. H. Thorn
Stanley Middleton’s ‘Holiday’ seems at first too innocuous to rate a Booker Prize. A middle class academic (Fisher) takes himself off to a seaside resort (probably modelled on Skegness or Cleethorpes) to contemplate his situation after leaving his wife, only to encounter her parents. While there, he also falls in with his fellow hotel guests, who consist of a more working class set of individuals. As he ponders what went wrong, he observes the relationships of those around him and becomes involved in them.


 on 29 March 2015
By johnsowter
Really enjoyed this book. So realistic & true. Stands the test of time. Top book.


 on 9 September 2013
By morecambemicky
An enjoyable read but

Very good

 on 18 January 2018
By Amazon Customer
This is a writer of the highest quality.

Five Stars

 on 23 September 2016
By Matthew Veazey
wonderful book


 on 31 July 2010
By Mr. Adrian R. Fry
If you like the English realist novels of Stan Barstow or Barry Hines, you have a treat in store in Stanley Middleton. Middelton writes perveptively about a provincial ‘real life’; his characters suffer classic class displacement as education separates and alienates them from their origins and each other. Middleton also writes brilliantly about failing relationships, be they between man and wife, father and son or guests in a seaside boarding house.

A courageous novel on male grief

 on 2 June 2013
By Christopher H
Stanley Middleton courageously touches a subject avoided by male authors: a young father’s grief. The central character, 32 year old Edwin Fisher, separated from his wife Meg about 10 days earlier due to the emotional strain of their deteriorating marriage. What they have not been able to face as-a-couple is the sudden death of their toddler, Donald, a year earlier.
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