A Cautious Approach

A Cautious Approach

1st paperback ed

Paperback (28 Nov 2019)

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Synopsis

Shortly before his death last year, Stanley Middleton completed this, his last novel, which concludes a unique depiction of middle-class life in 'Middle England', quietly and cumulatively over many volumes and decades. Once again we are in Beechnall, the constant setting of Stanley Middleton's novels, and his sense of place and his feeling for his characters remains as strong as ever.

At the heart of A Cautious Approach is a tentative love story, which begins when two lonely men meet, out walking on Christmas Day: Andy invites George home, and there he meets the captivating Mirabel, Andy's former fiancée. George has been a teacher, but ill health has deprived him of his career and confidence, and he has retrained as a postman. This chance encounter, and others that follow, have the potential to shift George's life, and soon he is drawn into a set of uncertain relationships in which past experience, present stoicism and future expectation all play a part.

As ever, but here for the last time, Stanley Middleton's bold experimentation with flashbacks, and the embedding of one scene or dialogue within another, gives added density to his depiction of ordinary, defiantly unfashionable human lives.

About the Publisher

Hutchinson

Hutchinson

Founded in 1887 by George Hutchinson with capital of three thousand pounds, Hutchinson opened for business in the basement of 25 Paternostor Row, near St Paul's Cathedral. It is the home of fiction that you have to press into the hands of your friends and non-fiction that is entertaining and erudite. We publish bestsellers, Helen Dunmore, Sebastian Faulks, Robert Harris, Douglas Kennedy and Ruth Rendell, book club favourites, Aimee Bender, Anna Quindlen. We are committed to discovering new talent that combine a distinctive voice with great storytelling skills and recent acquisitions include Bonnie Nadzam, longlisted for the Women?s Prize, New York Times bestsellers, Sloane Crosley, Ayana Mathis, Marisha Pessl and Amor Towles.

Book information

ISBN: 9781786331687
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Hutchinson
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 823.914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Weight: 224g
Height: 234mm
Width: 153mm
Spine width: 14mm