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Have you read the novel everyone is talking about about? Stoner: the 2013 surprise international bestseller


Vintage Classics
20 x 13 cm
Winner of Waterstones Book of the Year 2013 UK and Publishers Publicity Circle Awards:Nielsen Award for a Generic Campaign 2014 UK.

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John Williams was an author, editor and professor. Born in 1922 in Texas, he served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945 in China, Burma and India. His first novel, Nothing But the Night, was published in 1948. After receiving his PhD in 1954, Williams returned to the University of Denver where he first studied to teach literature and creative writing for thirty years. It was during this time that he wrote the novels Butcher's Crossing (1960) and Stoner (1965). His last novel, Augustus, won the National Book Award in 1973. John Williams died in Arkansas in 1994.


«A terrific novel of echoing sadness»

Julian Barnes

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Tom Hanks, Time

«The most extraordinary work of fiction I've read in a long time... If you're looking for a book that's simple and subtle, warmly human and at the same time utterly pitiless in his rendition of the vicissitudes of an ordinary existence, here's one you will read again and again»

New Statesman

«Unquestionably one of the finest novels of the 20th century, its genius lies in its candour and in prose that simmers with subtle intent.»

Irish Times

«The word-of-mouth hit of the summer. Read it and you’ll see why»

Daily Telegraph

«It’s as if this novel is about all of us: our hopes, disappointments and sorrows… a lesson in values, told with love and awe»

Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

«A wonderful novel, rich and sombre, a record of pain and less but also of moments of vision and tenderness... flawless»

Adam Foulds, Independent

«I was stunned by it... beautifully written in simple but brilliant prose, a novel of an ordinary life, an examination of a quiet tragedy, the work of a great but little-known writer»


«One of the great unheralded 20th century American novels...Almost perfect»

Bret Easton Ellis

«A beautiful, sad, utterly convincing account of an entire life… I’m amazed a novel this good escaped general attention for so long»

Ian McEwan

«A brilliant, beautiful, inexorably sad, wise, and elegant novel»

The Believer

«Something rarer than a great novel -- it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away...few stories this sad could be so secretly triumphant, or so exhilarating.»

New York Times

«A beautiful and moving novel, as sweeping, intimate and mysterious as life itself»

Geoff Dyer

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