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Head of Zeus
The Stone Angel
The Stone Angel Margaret Laurence, introduction by Michael Schmidt

Above the town, on the hill brow, the stone angel used to stand. I wonder if she stands there yet...

Hagar Shipley – an irascible, independent nonagenarian – has lived a quiet life full of rage. As she approaches her death, she retreats from the squabbling of her son and his wife to reflect on her past – her ill-advised marriage, her two sons, the harshness of farm life on the prairie, her own failures and the betrayals and failures of others.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo Library book * Fiction
08 Sep 2016 * 304pp * £6.99 * 9781784977689
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'The Apollo choices have been masterful. The list is thought-provoking, eye-opening, inspired and inspiring'
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'Laurence gives us a portrait of a remarkable character and at the same time the picture of old age itself, with the pain, the weariness, the terror, the impotent angers and physical mishaps, the realization that others are waiting and wishing for an end ... [She] strikes, with an equally sure touch, the peculiar note and the universal'
Honor Tracy, The New Republic
'Wise, moving and surprising, Laurence's novel is a rarity'
The Times
'It was a delight to experience this classic of Canadian literature'
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Author

Margaret Laurence

Margaret Laurence
Margaret Laurence (1926-1987) grew up in the small prairie town of Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada. Recognised as one of the greatest Canadian writers, her masterwork is the Manawaka sequence of five novels.
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Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt is the founder of Carcanet Press and the general editor of PN Review. He was until recently Professor of Poetry at the University of Glasgow. He has also been Writer in Residence at St John's College, Cambridge.
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