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Stanley Middleton FRSL (1 August 1919 – 25 July 2009) was a British novelist. He was born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire and educated at High Pavement School, Stanley Road, Nottingham and University College Nottingham.

Middleton began writing at university and in 1958 published A Short Answer. He taught English at High Pavement Grammar School for many years, and was a highly prolific author. In 1974, his novel Holiday won the Booker prize.[1] Her Three Wise Men, his 44th novel, was published in 2008.

Middleton was an accomplished organist, playing regularly at St Mark's Methodist Church, Ravensworth Road in Bulwell and stepping in to cover others, often at Mansfield Road Baptist Church in Nottingham. He was also a fine water colourist and contributed his own artwork to the 2006 re-publication of Holiday (1974) by Oak Tree Press.

In 2006, a reporter for The Sunday Times sent the first chapters of Holiday to a number of publishers and literary agents as a journalistic stunt. Almost all rejected it.

Peter Bowles, the well known actor, was taught by Stanley Middleton when Bowles was a pupil at High Pavement. Many years later when Bowles was the subject of the popular TV programme, This Is Your Life, Stanley Middleton was a guest on the programme.

Middleton was married to Margaret Welch from 1951 until his death; their two daughters, Penny and Sarah, both born in the 1950s, survive him. He had cancer, and died in a nursing home.



  • A Short Answer (1958)
  • Harris's Requiem (1960)
  • A Serious Woman (1961)
  • The Just Exchange (1962)
  • Two's Company (1963)
  • Him They Compelled (1964)
  • Terms of Reference (1966)
  • The Golden Evening (1968)
  • Wages of Virtue (1969)
  • Apple of the Eye (1970)
  • Brazen Prison (1971)
  • Cold Gradations (1972)
  • A Man Made of Smoke (1973)
  • Holiday (1974)
  • Distractions (1975)
  • Still Waters (1976)
  • Ends and Means (1977)
  • Two Brothers (1978)
  • In a Strange Land (1979)
  • The Other Side (1980)
  • Blind Understanding (1982)
  • Entry into Jerusalem (1983)
  • The Daysman (1984)
  • Valley of Decision (1985)
  • An After-Dinner's Sleep (1986)
  • After a Fashion (1987)
  • Recovery (1988)
  • Vacant Places (1989)
  • Changes and Chances (1990)
  • Beginning to End (1991)
  • A Place to Stand (1992)
  • Married Past Redemption (1993)
  • Catalysts (1994)
  • Toward the Sea (1995)
  • Live and Learn (1996)
  • Brief Hours (1997)
  • Against the Dark (1998)
  • Necessary Ends (1999)
  • Small Change (2000)
  • Love in the Provinces (2002)
  • Brief Garlands (2004)
  • Sterner Stuff (2005)
  • Mother's Boy (2006)
  • Her Three Wise Men (2008)


  • Stanley Middleton at Eighty (1999)


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