My daughter has just graduated from Nottingham Trent, in English with
Creative Writing - and one of their specialised areas is rediscovering books
which have been forgotten, so who knows Stanley might eventually get the
acclaim for his books
2009/7/31 Brian Binns <bnbinns(a)gmail.com>
I’ve just read that the author and former Head of English at High
Grammar School, Stanley Middleton has died.
Stanley was a true Nottingham man. He was born in Bulwell and educated
before attending the forerunner of Nottingham University. He then became a
teacher at High Pavement Grammar School where he stayed a for all his
teaching career. He wrote around 40 novels, most of them centred on
Nottingham (which he called Beechnall) or Nottingham folk, one of which,
Holiday, was a Booker Prize winner. I’m not a prolific novel reader but I
did enjoy reading his books, both for their inherent strength and for the
nostalgic Nottingham connections.
I also knew him, as I was a pupil at High Pavement in the late 50s, though
he never taught me directly. Sadly his novels are not that readily
form my local library as he was not that “fashionable” a writer.
A very charming and unassuming man (he turned down an MBE because he did
think he was worthy of such an honour) and a very talented writer.
His obituary is in today’s Daily Telegraph.
Brian Binns – former Nottingham lad, now living in exile in Loughborough
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