Holiday (novel)

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Holiday (Stanley Middleton).jpg
First edition
Author Stanley Middleton
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Hutchinson
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 239
ISBN 0-09-119910-7

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


The novel revolves around Edwin Fisher, a lecturer who takes a holiday at a seaside resort. The work takes place entirely within the mind of Fisher, with much of the book's development dealing with the painful realities of Fisher's mind and life.


Holiday shared the 1974 Man Booker Prize for fiction with The Conservationist, by Nadine Gordimer.

In 2006, The Times re-submitted the opening chapter of the novel (along with fellow Booker winner In a Free State, by V. S. Naipaul) to 20 literary agents and publishers. Only one agent accepted Holiday, while Naipaul's novel was rejected by every house to which it was sent.


Preceded by
The Siege of Krishnapur
Booker Prize recipient
with The Conservationist
Succeeded by
Heat and Dust