Stanley Middleton’s prize-winning novel is both a precisely observed portrait of English provincial life and a moving exploration of grief and regret.

Edwin Fisher is at the seaside, but this is no normal beach holiday. To escape the death of his son and the death-throes of his marriage, he has retreated to a place where he had once known the unqualified happiness of childhood. But as painful memories rise unbidden and uncontrolled, Edwin must confront each in turn – realising that without a past there can be no future.

The Booker Prize 1974
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Stanley Middleton

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Stanley Middleton was born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire. He published his first novel, A Short Answer, in 1958.
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