A Stairway to Paradise (Text Classics) (AU Edition)

October 31, 2020
A Stairway to Paradise (Text Classics) (AU Edition)

Alex and Andrew are friends. And Barbara...Barbara is a goddess.Here is the eternal triangle, the story of three people in anunhappy tangle of emotions, none able to articulate the precisequality of their longing and dissatisfaction.Are any of them truly interested in reaching the 'paradise' theyclaim to be seeking, or are they actually trying to avoid it?In St. John's hands, what is commonplace is transformed andtranscendent. This is the work of an extraordinary writer.MADELEINE ST JOHN was born in Sydney in 1941.Her father, Edward, was a barrister and Liberal politician. Hermother, Sylvette, committed suicide in 1954, when Madeleine wastwelve. Her death, she later said, 'obviously changedeverything'.St John studied Arts at Sydney University, where her contemporariesincluded Bruce Beresford, Germaine Greer, Clive James and RobertHughes. In 1965 she married Chris Tillam, a fellow student, andthey moved to the United States where they first attended Stanfordand later Cambridge.From Cambridge, St John relocated to London in 1968 with the hopethat Chris would follow. The couple did not reunite and themarriage ended. St John settled in Notting Hill. She worked at aseries of odd jobs, and then, in 1993, published her first novel,The Women in Black, the only book she set in Australia.When her third novel, The Essence of the Thing (1997), wasshortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, she became the firstAustralian woman to receive this honour.St John died in 2006. She had been so incensed after seeing errorsin a French edition of one of her novels that she stipulated in herwill that there were to be no more translations of her work.'Not much in the way of folly escapes Madeleine St John, and theoubliette she opens into the darker reaches of the spirit isunsettling.' The Times'St John proves herself a comic, humane observer.'Newsday'Madeleine St John is brilliant on the elliptical way loverstalk to each other.' Daily Telegraph