The Gift of Stones Paperback – 6 Nov 1997
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Set in the Bronze age, this is the story of the village dreamer, an apparently useless contributor to the tribal tradition of stone-cutting. Jim Grace's "Continent" won the 1986 "Guardian" Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Book-of-the-Year First Novel Prize and the David Higham Prize for Fiction.
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The author similarly charms his readers with the unrelenting rhythm of his prose, but jolts them out of their reverie occasionally with such anachronistic references as pollarding, silhouettes, haywire and mayhem, ultimately leading them to question why they are persevering with this depressing tale at all.
The more Crace conceals himself behind his words, the less he gives away about their purpose.
The novel tells a tale of transition from the stone age through to the bronze age and how that impacts upon a community. Absolutely captivating. I thoroughly recommend this as a good read.