Helen Stancey's debut collection of short stories more than rival her well received novels, Words and Common Ground.
The Madonna of the Pool is a fantastic collection of short stories which explore the triumphs, compromises and quiet disappointments of everyday life. Drawing on a wide array of characters, Helen Stancey shows how small events, insignificant to some, can resonate deeply in the lives of others.
Richly poetic, deeply moving and entirely engaging, these short stories demonstrate an exquisite understanding of human adaptation, endurance and, most of all, optimism.
Helen Stancey was born and brought up in Yorkshire. After attending University College London with a degree in English, she decided to remain in the capital, where she is still currently living. She was briefly involved in the fringe theatre, before qualifying in psychology and teaching in various colleges. During the earlier years of her writing career she produced mostly poetry as well as some short dramatic pieces for children. Later she published two novels, Words in 1983 and Common Ground in 1986, and her most recent work, a collection of short stories, The Madonna of the Pool, published in 2017.