The Madonna of the Pool

by Helen Stancey

The Madonna of the Pool by Helen Stancey
A richly poetic collection of short stories.


A moving collection of literary short stories which explore the triumphs, compromises and challenges 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.

Each tale is beautifully crafted and offers an insight into the otherwise private world of its central character; they are vignettes or, in some cases, confessions.’ – Sarah Morgan, On: Yorkshire Magazine

Stancey has pieced together a collection that feels subtle and truthful to the human experience’ – The Book Bag

Stancey is a master of the English language.’ – Laura, book blogger at BiblioBloggityBoo

Truly an excellent collection’ – Dovegreyreader