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A Stairway to Paradise

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, none able to articulate the precise quality of their longing and dissatisfaction. In St John’s hands, what is commonplace is transformed and transcendent.

This is the work of an extraordinary writer.

Madeleine St John
About the Author

Madeleine St John was born in Sydney in 1941. Her father, Edward, was a barrister and Liberal politician. Her mother, Sylvette, committed suicide in 1954, when Madeleine was twelve. Sylvette’s death, Madeleine later said, ‘obviously changed everything’.

St John studied Arts at Sydney University, where her contemporaries included Bruce Beresford,...

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256 pp
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1 March 2010
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Praise for Madeleine St John
andA Stairway to Paradise

‘Not much in the way of folly escapes Madeleine St John, and the oubliette she opens into the darker reaches of the spirit is unsettling.’

‘St John proves herself a comic, humane observer.’

‘Madeleine St John is brilliant on the elliptical way lovers talk to each other.’

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