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Brief Garlands

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  3 ratings  ·  2 reviews
The comforts and terrors of middle-class provincial life have seldom been more sharply dissected than by Stanley Middleton, and his new novel adds to this social insight a new poignancy. As ageing slowly entwines John Stone, retired headmaster at Beechnall, his wife Peg and their various friends and relatives, and as past certainties recede, the solid, decent world of prov ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 3rd 2004 by Hutchinson (first published June 1st 2004)
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Not a long book, a little over 200 pages, but I couldn't finish. I enjoyed the first 70 pages or so, but then it simply lost momentum for me. Momentum, and credibility.

The main characters are a 70-year-old retired school principal and his wife. We are to believe, when their nephew experiences some indeterminate hiccup in his relationship, that his girlfriend would come to spend a weekend with this couple to discuss the situation.

A young woman will spend a weekend with an elderly couple she's n
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Stanley Middleton wrote 45 novels, including 1974's Booker Prize-winner Holiday. A Cautious Approach was his last novel.
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