'Captivating and beautifully written
' -- The Mirror (four-starred review)
'Doughty cleverly challenges all our assumptions halfway through the book, making its denouement as starkly compelling as a thriller'. -- Sunday Post (Ireland)
'Doughty has a subtle, unshowy talent that packs an emotional punch... Stone Cradle moves and impresses in equal measure.' -- The Independent
'Doughty's writing has a wonderful sense of purpose that is reflected in the structure and pace of her narrative'. -- The Sunday Tribune
From the Author
With each of my novels, I have had what one writer has called 'the lightbulb moment' - the moment when I have thought, 'ah, yes, I want to write a novel about THAT.' With my previous book, Fires in the Dark, it came as I stood on a snowy hillside in the Czech Republic, beside the site of a mass grave where Roma people killed by the Nazis were buried. With Stone Cradle, it was another burial site, but this time a much more personal one. My great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother are buried in the same grave in a cemetery in Peterborough, and as I stood beside it, I couldn't help feeling passionately curious about their two stories. I had heard many family tales about how much these two women disliked each other - yet here they were, in the ground together. How had it happened? What on earth would they have said about it, if they'd known? Stone Cradle is written from the point of view of two women, Rose and Clementina. I had great fun with offering!
up their different points and playing with the idea that when you read one woman's narrative, you're on her side, and vice versa. I hope that the novel also has some serious points to make about English Romanichal Travellers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but at its heart it's a very simple tale of how two very strong individuals in one family manage to get along.
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