A Stone's Throw
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

A Stone's Throw

3.13 of 5 stars 3.13  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Gedurende veertig jaar worden een moeder en een van haar zonen gevolgd die deels in Afrika, deels in Engeland de neiging hebben te kiezen voor conventie en plicht.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Serpent's Tail (first published January 1st 2012)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Stone's Throw, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Stone's Throw

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 74)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I enjoyed the main body of story here, but felt it got a little confused and lost halfway through. All parts are well written, i just didn't feel that they held together quite right.
Quietly powerful, A Stone's Throw is a study in compromise and its consequences. In evocative and delicately-crafted prose Fiona Shaw traces a pattern of emotional damage that spans three generations of one family.

The first part of the novel focuses on Meg Bryan, a young woman whose childhood is overshadowed by the disappearance of her father and younger brother. As World War two breaks out Meg emigrates to South Africa to marry a man she does not love. On the journey a fleeting, passionate aff...more
This is beautifully written, but I felt the various narrative sections didn't hang together well, and the ending felt too glib.
Helensvale Library
Some family secrets are ment to be kept and not shared.
Judy Croome
Well written, with some lovely prose, A STONE'S THROW follows Meg, a young British girl from the time her father left with her brother to when her son stands throwing stones with his teenage daughter at the funeral of his father.

While the writing was tight, with good characterisation of Meg and her husband as a reserved English couple, the themes were too complex for such a short book. I never really got to know the characters, and therefore couldn't relate that well to them. Perhaps that was an...more
Fiona Shaw returns to World War Two for the setting of her fourth novel, A Stone's Throw. Young Meg Bryan embarks on a perilous voyage at the height of the conflict, leaving her home in England to marry her fiancé George Garrowby, whose business interests lie in Africa. The trouble is that, under the belief that she has no choice, Meg is leaving a world that holds no opportunity to marry a man she does not love. The voyage out is eventful and traumatic. Meg nearly loses her life, and most certai...more
This book covers about a sixty year period and is set in both England and Africa. Maybe that’s its problem as it leaps from one story line to another without warning or following any of the plot lines through properly. I found it both unsatisfactory and confusing which is a shame as it is quite well written and the main character Meg is sympathetic. However it left too many questions unanswered.
Aunty Janet
A story about passion, choices and consequences.
I enjoyed this absorbing and fairly short book with blurb as follows...
''The people you love, they just slip away ... I won't let you do that. A man and his young son set out on a journey one snow-struck day. Another man skims stones across the sea with his daughter. Three generations separate them, but one loss connects them - sixty years apart, but no more than a stone's throw.In between these two men is Meg. Like everyone, she's made choices in...more
Good, maybe not as good as Tell It To The Bees but good.

It is a novel about making tragedy, decisions, mistakes and compromises. It is told largely through Meg who leaves England for a loveless marriage in Africa after a childhood blighted by death and Ben who in the aftermath of tragedy makes a decision that will also colour his whole life. If I had a gripe (and its a rare one in these of under-edited books) it is that the themes are large but the book is short. Ben and Meg are both interestin...more
The novel follows members of a family over a period of years with linking themes being loss and regret at settling for what is expected rather than what you want, roads not travelled so to speak. I found some sections more engaging than others - for instance, I liked Meg's experiences on board ship and some of the descriptions about life in Africa. However, I was expecting some of the "loose ends" introduced in earlier chapters to be resolved at the end and they weren't. However, it was an easy...more
For Books' Sake
"The fourth novel by Royal Literary Fund writing fellow Fiona Shaw (who recently chatted to For Books’ Sake), A Stone’s Throw is a series of interconnecting stories of a family over three generations.

Starting with abandonment and ending with a revelation, it is a novel about secrets, how they affect families, and the importance of living your own life." (Excerpt from full review at For Books' Sake.)
I read this book on my recent holiday and it only took me a few days to read it. I enjoyed the story but when the end of the book came I did not realise I was at the end and I am not sure if I wanted it to go a little deeper - maybe to find her father.
Interesting story about the choices people make in life, and how often they do what they think is right at the expense of their own happiness. Very thought provoking
Cat Weinrib
A simple story and quick read, but I really enjoyed the writing.
Nick marked it as to-read
Aug 21, 2014
Ally marked it as to-read
May 24, 2014
Jo marked it as to-read
May 18, 2014
Denzil Jennings
Denzil Jennings marked it as to-read
Mar 16, 2014
Stephanie marked it as to-read
Mar 09, 2014
Wendy added it
Mar 25, 2014
Sue.gilesbtinternet.com marked it as to-read
Jan 12, 2014
Lisa is currently reading it
Dec 02, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Fiona was born in London in 1964. Her place of birth is now a hospital broom cupboard and her first home was on a street later obliterated beneath a superstore off the Cromwell Rd. However she passed most of her childhood as the eldest of three girls in a lovely and spacious family home near the Thames.

Fiona studied various literatures at the Universities of York and then Sussex, finishing with a...more
More about Fiona Shaw...
Tell it to the Bees The Sweetest Thing The Picture She Took Out of Me: The Story of a Postnatal Breakdown Go Superlambananas: The Book

Share This Book