Stanley Middleton won the Booker Prize in 1974 for his novel Holiday. Nonetheless, his books are not widely-acclaimed in the U.S. In 1989, a New York Times reviewer called his novel Entry into Jerusalem “buttoned-up.” In 1992 Kirkus Reviews called his novel Changes and Chances “Vintage workaday Middleton, neither surprising nor spectacular, but carefully built and realized.”
A couple of years ago, I found a copy of Middleton’s Holiday in London and wondered, Why haven’t I heard of him before? I went on to read Middleton’s superb Valley of Decision (which I blogged about here) and An After-Dinner’s Sleep (here). And I found these two novels both “surprising [and] spectacular.”
What makes Cold Gradations so expensive?
I don’t understand bookselling. Maybe they played Monopoly for bankruptcy.
I will be looking for a cheap copy of Cold Gradations, so the booksellers may want to drop the price.