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Stanley Middleton's water colour to accompany the First Chapter Series® Volume III

First Chapter Series
Booker Prize

First Chapter Series ® Volume III

Stanley Middleton - Holiday

Stanley Middleton signng the First Chapter Series Vol III
Stanley Middleton signing the
First Chapter Series ®

The third volume of the First Chapter Series® is the most desired and elusive novel for collectors of the Booker Prize. Joint winner of the prize in 1974 Holiday is a multi-layered story of marriage, death, seduction and separation and is an engaging and deeply human account of personal loss.

For this magnificent volume, Middleton has painted a watercolour that illustrates the setting of the book and has also written a new foreword which after 30 years is an author's reflections on what has become his most famous book.

Holiday is a novel about lives in crisis. In it, a married man returns alone to the seaside town where he used to holiday as a child. Middleton has been described as 'god's spy' for his brilliant observational powers which allow him to pin down his characters so accurately in the book. Stanley Middleton, in his late 80's, is still publishing a novel a year with Hutchinson. He has written 44 novels, Holiday being his best known through winning the Booker Prize.

"As good as any novelist writing" - Daily Telegraph

"We need Stanley Middleton to remind us what the novel is about. Holiday is vintage Middleton. One has to look at nineteenth-century writing for comparable storytelling." - Sunday Times

"He has never done anything better than Holiday" - Guardian

The First Chapter Series

The First Chapter Series® of Booker Prize-winning novels is available to buy as a deluxe set limited to 150 copies. The set comprises individually numbered copies of all ten volumes, signed by the author to the title page and hand bound in cloth. Each volume includes signed artwork* enclosed with the book in a matching hand made slip case and cassette. View set

*Please note the following exceptions: Volumes V and X do not come with separate signed artwork; artwork for Volume VIII is unsigned.

Set of ten books: ₤1500

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Single deluxe volume

Each deluxe volume of the First Chapter Series contains the individually numbered book signed by the author and hand bound in cloth. This is presented together with signed artwork in a matching hand made slip case and cassette.

Price: ₤225

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Single standard volume

We currently hold a number of copies of this book which are available to purchase singly. Each volume is hand bound in cloth and signed by the author to the title page. Separate signed artwork is not included.

Price: ₤100

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A handmade matching slipcase can be ordered for the standard edition.
Price: ₤35

Order the slip case for the standard edition of Holiday by Stanley Middleton


A limited number of life size prints of the original watercolour of the town of Bealthorpe, painted by Stanley Middleton and the setting for the book, can be ordered. Limited to only 26 copies these uniquely collectable prints are numbered A through to Z (390mm x 340 mm.)
Price: ₤150

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Deluxe Set

Set of ten FCS Booker prize books

Order your complete deluxe set of the current Booker Prize First Chapter Series
Set of ten books: ₤1500

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Volume III

Single version of Holiday

Order a single copy of Volume III - Deluxe
Price: ₤225
Purchase Volume III - Deluxe


Order a single copy of Volume III - Standard
Price: ₤100
Purchase Volume III - Standard



Limited edition of 26 prints by Stanley Middleton .
Price: ₤150
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Order your slipcase for your single volume.
Price: ₤35
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