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.
`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.' * The Times *
`St John proves herself a comic, humane observer.' * Newsday *
`Madeleine St John is brilliant on the elliptical way lovers talk to each other.' * Daily Telegraph *