Stanley Middleton

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Stanley Middleton
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Born(1919-08-01)1 August 1919
Bulwell, Nottinghamshire
Died25 July 2009(2009-07-25) (aged 89)
EducationHigh Pavement School
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Notable awards Booker Prize
SpouseMargaret Welch

Stanley Middleton FRSL (1 August 1919 25 July 2009) was a British novelist.

A novelist is an author or writer of novels, though often novelists also write in other genres of both fiction and non-fiction. Some novelists are professional novelists, thus make a living writing novels and other fiction, while others aspire to support themselves in this way or write as an avocation. Most novelists struggle to get their debut novel published, but once published they often continue to be published, although very few become literary celebrities, thus gaining prestige or a considerable income from their work.



He was born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire in 1919 and educated at High Pavement School, Stanley Road, Nottingham and later at University College Nottingham.

Bulwell English town northwest of Nottingham centre

Bulwell is an English market town about 4.5 miles (7 km) north-west of Nottingham city centre, on the northern edge of the city. The United Kingdom Census 2001 showed there were almost 30,000 people living in the Bulwell area, accounting for over 10 per cent of the population of the city of Nottingham. The 2011 census showed a population of 16,157 in the Bulwell ward of Nottingham City Council. There is also an adjacent ward called Bulwell Forest. The population of this ward at the same census was 13,614.

Nottinghamshire County of England

Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands region of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west. The traditional county town is Nottingham, though the county council is based at County Hall in West Bridgford in the borough of Rushcliffe, at a site facing Nottingham over the River Trent.

University of Nottingham university in Nottingham, United Kingdom

The University of Nottingham is a public research university in Nottingham, United Kingdom. It was founded as University College Nottingham in 1881, and was granted a royal charter in 1948.

Middleton started writing at university and in 1958 published A Short Answer. Alongside his work as an author he taught English at High Pavement Grammar School for many years. In 1974, his novel Holiday won the Booker prize. [1] In 2008 Her Three Wise Men was published, his 44th novel and the last to be published during his lifetime.

<i>Holiday</i> (novel) novel by English writer Stanley Middleton

Holiday is a Booker Prize-winning novel by English writer Stanley Middleton.

Middleton was an accomplished organist, playing regularly at St Mark's Methodist Church on 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 covers of the 1994 novel Catalysts and the festschrift, Stanley Middleton At Eighty.

Mansfield Road Baptist Church Church in England

Mansfield Road Baptist Church is at the junction of Gregory Boulevard and Sherwood Rise in Nottingham.

In academia, a Festschrift is a book honoring a respected person, especially an academic, and presented during their lifetime. It generally takes the form of an edited volume, containing contributions from the honoree's colleagues, former pupils, and friends.

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.

<i>The Sunday Times</i> Largest-selling British national newspaper in the "quality press" market category

The Sunday Times is the largest-selling British national newspaper in the "quality press" market category. It is published by Times Newspapers Ltd, a subsidiary of News UK, which is in turn owned by News Corp. Times Newspapers also publishes The Times. The two papers were founded independently and have been under common ownership only since 1966. They were bought by News International in 1981.

The actor Peter Bowles was taught by Stanley Middleton while a pupil at High Pavement. In 1980 when Bowles was the subject of the popular TV programme This Is Your Life , Stanley Middleton appeared as a guest on the programme.

Peter Bowles is an English actor of stage and television.

Middleton was married to Margaret Welch from 1951 until his death; the couple had two daughters, Penny and Sarah. Towards the end of his life he suffered from cancer, and died in a nursing home on 25 July 2009, one week before his 90th birthday.

It has been revealed that Middleton refused an OBE in 1979. This came to light following a Freedom of information request by the BBC. He did not feel that he should be honoured simply for doing what he regarded as his job. [2]




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  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2009-07-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)