Geoff Mills

The Quiet Life

Stoner

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Overlooked on its first publication in the US almost half a century ago, John L Williams’s fourth novel nevertheless failed to disappear from literary consciousness. Instead it lingered on in the minds of a few devotees. ‘Why isn’t this book famous?’ C P Snow, himself the author of a fine university novel or two, begged to know in 1973. Recently reissued, Stoner is currently a European bestseller and its ripples are spreading ever outward. 

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