From the Booker-Prize-winning author of Holiday. Rejacketed and reissued by Windmill to mark the 40th anniversary of Stanley Middleton's Booker Prize win. Ivy Allsop is dying from cancer. Her husband is a simple and dignified man. Their son, Bernard, doing a post-graduate course is to marry Jacqueline Ridell, a well-to-do young widow. Mary Allsop, still at school is discovering the thrills and fears of first love. Closeness to death provokes a quickening interest in life, and each of them having prepared for the inevitable end becomes almost impatient for it to happen.