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The Other Side of Stone Reviews

The Other Side of Stone by

The Other Side of Stone

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Imprint: Taproot Press
Publisher: Taproot Press
Publication date: 31 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781838080013

A fictional history of a Perthshire woollen mill told by those locked in and out of its walls, such as a 19th century stonemason and rural suffragette. Each story is interwoven to create a haunting tale rooted in the struggle for women's rights, and the long-term impact of industrialisation upon rural Scotland.

4 stars out of 5
20 Apr 2021

"a remarkable portrait of a cursed building which taints everything it touches"

Each of the tales works as a stand-alone piece of writing, each a poetic rendering of a moment in time which, while focused on the mill, also reaches out to the major events of the era – the end of the slave trade, the bombing of factories on the Clyde or the Iraq War. Each voice is unique (the foreman’s embittered wife is a particular joy) and there is a huge amount of evocative detail. That said, The Other Side of Stone is not a sentimental book, but rather a portrait of a deeply poisonous building which taints everything it touches. A dark, satanic mill indeed.