1 August 1919|
|Died||25 July 2009(aged 89)|
|Education||High Pavement School|
|Alma mater||University of Nottingham|
|Notable awards||Booker Prize|
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. 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 covers of the 1994 novel Catalysts and the festschrift, Stanley Middleton At Eighty.
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.
The actor Peter Bowles 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.
It has been revealed that Middleton refused an OBE in 1979. This came to light after a Freedom of information request by the BBC. He did not feel that he should be honoured for merely doing what he saw as his job.