Stone Cradle by Louise Doughty

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Louise Doughty is an English novelist, playwright and journalist who has a Romany background.  She was born in Melton Mowbray, 4 September 1963.  She attended the University of Leeds and  is an alumna of the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing Course.

This story is narrated by two women, one of whom is Romany, and charts the fortunes of one English family over three generations as the 20th century rolls by. It is beautifully written, with sadness and humour in equal measure.

The book starts off in the late 1800s, it alternates in the storytelling from two women, Clementina and Rose.

Clementina, is the only child of a travelling family.  She falls pregnant as a teenager, unmarried and never revealing the identity of the father.   She has her son, Lijah, and they continue the travelling life.   When Lijah is about twenty they are stopping with other travellers…

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