No time for a nap

19 03 2016

An After Dinner’s Sleep by Stanley Middleton

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One winter evening Alistair Murray opens his door to Eleanor Franks, a woman he has not seen for decades. A man apparently content with his life, even his retirement and bereavement have come as part of the natural order of things. But just when he thinks he must get used to the slow, lonely decline into old age, Eleanor arrives to make him call into question everything he has taken for granted.

Terrific to see Stanley Middleton’s books reissued after decades in the literary wilderness. This novel is a great example of Middleton’s understated, subtle and yet incisive observations of suburban existence in which a widower has his life turned upside down by an old flame who knocks on his door one day. Finely crafted.

four stars

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