A Stairway to Paradise is classic Madeleine St John: poignant, witty, full of sharp and subtle observations. Alex and Andrew are friends. And Barbara...Barbara is a goddess. Here is the eternal triangle, the story of three people locked in an unhappy tangle of emotions, ne able to articulate the precise quality of their longing and dissatisfaction. In St John's hands, what is commonplace is transformed and transcendent.
Madeleine St John is the author of The Women in Black, A Pure Clear Light, The Essence of the Thing (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize), and A Stairway to Paradise. She died in 2006.