Author(s): Jim Crace
At the twilight of the stone age, an isolated village of stonemasons live in relative prosperity. A young man, a one-armed dreamer unable to work on the stone, fashions himself as the village storyteller, exploring far and wide beyond its walls for inspiration. But as he ventures further, he brings back others with him - with tales of the coming of a metal that will change the villagers' lives irreversibly.
Jim Grace beautifully portrays the lives, loves and work of an ancient people as the unstoppable forces of change take their toll on their home.
"The Gift of Stones" won the Gap International Prize for Literature.
Born in London in 1946, Jim Crace has lived in Birmingham for many years. He is the author of seven novels (all available in Penguin) including Quarantine and Being Dead. He has received the Whitbread First Novel Award, the E.M.Forster Award, the Guardian Fiction Award, the US National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award, and the Whitbread Fiction Prize. Quarantine was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.