From Booker-Prize winning novelist Stanley Middleton.
Thomas Harris is on the cusp of success as a classical composer with a growing reputation.
When his father, a coal miner, dies Thomas decides to write a requiem for him which is also a thinly veiled attack on the powerful elite. In spite of opposition he finally succeeds in getting his work performed but how will the critics react?
Middleton is a born writer; unpretentious, discerning, intelligent, and virtually incapable of writing a duff sentence. He is the Chekhov of suburbia; I recommend him.
As ever with Middleton, the content is quiet and undramatic but the treatment makes it highly readable… there is never a dull moment.
Enlivening and heartening.
A sharp and faithful picture of middle-class provincial life.