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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006514138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006514138
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,486,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Stone Baby uses the ingredients of the serial killer novel without any of the slick exploitative thrills of much of the genre to reveal the harm that ripples out from the damaged and damaging mind of a psychopath. It is an extraordinary achievement.’
Natasha Cooper, Express on Sunday

‘Compassionate and searingly honest, this is a book with real heart and strength’
Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

From the Back Cover

Meet Lenny Bruce in a Dress (aka Jamie Gee), an inspirational stand-up comic with enough cutting edge to rival Boadicea. The punters love her – they think she's tough and in control – but Lily Carlson, her best friend and manager, knows better. Underneath it all, Jamie's desperate for love: the victim of a brutal past, her one fatal flaw is men, and she has an unerring ability to pick Mr Wrong.

As Jamie lurches from one bastard to the next, Lily and beautiful Asian transvestite Mojo do the damage-limitation thing. But they'd all reckoned without Sean Powers, a vicious psychopath with the face and body of a god, who threatens to smash the menage à trois that sustains them. It's easy to see what makes Jamie fall so hard for Sean, but what's in it for him? And what does he really want from her?

”An extraordinary achievement”
NATASHA COOPER, 'Express on Sunday'

”Joolz Denby unsparingly writes her characters into the abyss to show that the cost of murder is limitless, that the worst stories never end. In doing so, her tough, tender, edgy novel is characterised by savage compassion”
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2000
Format: Paperback
A storming read from Britains top performance poet. The characters are engaging, the narative witty and difficult to break away from. The setting is intense, and yet so normal it's frightening. It's a story of horror that shows the dark side of everyday life and love. As a debut novel Stone Baby is incredible, and those already familiar with Joolz Denby's other works will find her writing style comfortably familiar in such a dark and frightening story.
If you only read one crime novel in your life, even if you read nothing else, read this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Wilson on 21 Jun 2000
Format: Paperback
Well, this is a book not to forget, from a sub text at the begining which describes a real ordeal one woman went through in her life with a "Stone Baby" to a novel which you cannot stop reading. I say reading, but really, you personally "listen" to a tale being told to you, so vividly. The four main characters are unforgetable, JAMIE, troubled but uniquely tallented with her method to communicate to an audience. LILY, the storyteller whjo has so much to offer, but does not suffer ANY fools (thankfully), the outrageous and outstanding MOJO, a mystery so deep there is surely more to discover about him/her and the mysterious backbone of the four, GABE.
Like the other review says READ IT NOW and tell people about this excellent novel.
AND please, Joolz, if you read this continue the adventures of the four (or three if you feel Mojo will not reappear, but I think he will)
All I can finish with is Superb, five stars does not do this book justice
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Connor on 7 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Wow! Joolz writes novels. I didn't know until last week and then promptly ordered Stone Baby and devoured it in about six hours. For someone like me, who takes weeks to finish novels, this is a big deal.
First, though, the reason this doesn't get five stars is because, well, books deserving five stars should be real life-changers. I've only read a handful of such books and they are absolute rarities.
That's not to say this is poor. Far from it. Joolz writes brilliantly and honestly. Anyone familiar with her poetry will know that it's savage beauty can rend your heart in two.
This is more like her performance, though. The wider scope of the novel genre has allowed her to really excel in her role as a story-teller. Everyone who's seen her live knows that this is Joolz's real skill. Her story-telling is impeccable, like the true poets of Old English. The story IS poetry. Not some heavy-handed and laboured musings. The reality and the authenticity of the words are where the beauty is and this is Joolz's talent.
The story is unfolded effortlessly, like she's there next to you with a pot of tea just, well, talking to you. It's a pretty major achievement and I do feel that the ability to tell a story so well is pretty uncommon. I rate Joolz alongside Hermann Hesse or, say, Knut Hamsun.
Like I said, this didn't change the way I view the world, but it was a very powerful tale and executed with such assured deftness that I will go back to it again and again.
It's a wonderful tale of friendship and anger, and I very highly reccommend it.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 2001
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most compelling reads I have had for a while. I read it in four days and then went straight out and bought 'Corazon' which I read as quickly. Stone baby is my favourite of the two. The book begins with the punchline (a Bradford comedienne falls for a man who turns out to be a serial killer)and proceeds to build up the characters and story to an amazing depth. I really missed these characters when I finished the book!! Even though you are aware of the final twist, the story is so well-written you cannot put this book down.
You read Joolz Denby's fiction like it's one of her performances. As usual, it leaves you awestruck.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By neil_mc@hotmail.com on 20 April 2001
Format: Paperback
"NO YOU'RE WRONG," the crazed lump lying on the matress in the corner of the room screamed, "SHE DIDN'T SAY THAT!" .... [thought] well she might have done, she always surprised me[/thought]!
So I read on ....
Joolz has written a book about my friends, known enemies and passers-by, the houses we've lived in ..... and somewhere in there dispelled the myth that we made a perfect society. She has shown that for all our manic potestations of non-conformity, we were, and are, a microcosm of the society whose rules we distain and bigotry (if not inbred in us) is fed us by the tabloid machinery of hate.
So I question all, and I question me: - who was I? - how did I react?
.... and damn, but a book that makes you think and question is a rare exception in this world where life is reduced to the blandest, most acceptable, lowest common denomator.
So please, my friend, make the lady happy and buy it .... if you hate the story you'll love the descriptive writing! (it's better value than a t-shirt! :-) )
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