A Heart Of Stone

A Heart Of Stone

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Precocious Ellen is the only one of the four close Van Bemmel children who dreads the arrival of the new baby. She has told her parents to call the baby Ida, the ugliest name she could think of, and is afraid that this curse she has put upon the unborn child will come true. Her parents, eccentric and devoted to each other, seem to the outside world to be loving and caring, but after one of the children has a shocking accident a horror descends upon this happy household which leads to a disaster even Ellen, dubbed by her father 'the cement of the family', is powerless to prevent. Twenty-five years later a pregnant Ellen returns to the family home, where she is haunted by the voices of her dead family. She imagines the questions her own child will one day ask-'Mummy, why don't I have a granny? Why no grandad? No uncles or aunts? Why not?' A Heart of Stone is an elegant, memorable novel, warmed by a passionate affection for all its characters, full of laughter and love despite the tragedy at its centre.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552998362
  • 9780552998369

About Renate Dorrestein

Renate Dorrestein is one of Holland's best-loved novelists. Her books regularly win prizes and appear at the top of the Dutch bestseller lists. A Heart of Stone and Without Mercy, her previous novels published in English, are published by Black Swan as is her latest novel, A Crying Shame. .Hester Velman's translation of A Heart of Stone won the Vondel Prize for Translation in 2001.show more

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