The World from Rough Stones

The World from Rough Stones

by Malcolm Macdonald


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The World from Rough Stones by Malcolm Macdonald

The unforgettable first novel in the classic Stevenson Family Saga from epic master Malcolm Macdonald

John Stevenson is a just a foreman when a near-fatal accident bring young Nora Telling into his life. Her nimbleness of mind and his power of command enable them to take over the working mill and rescue it from catastrophe. Together with their friends the Thorntons-who are troubled by a marriage mismatched in passion-they are willing to risk any dare, commit themselves to any act of cunning on their climb from rags to riches.

The first novel in the classic Stevenson Family Saga, The World from Rough Stones is the epic story of two ambitious but poor young people who, at the very start of the Victorian Era, combine their considerable talents to found a dynasty and go on to fame and fortune.

"A monumental and tremendous." -Boston Globe

"A saga of immense power...the most exciting since the Swanns of Delderfield and the Forsytes of Galsworthy!" -Cincinatti Times

"Zestful research and Macdonald's mastery of the dialects and speech of all classes bring his novel noisily to life from the first to the last page." -The [London] Times

"A powerful new novel...a successful attempt to blend fiction with authenticity. The story is rich with colourful characters, brawling, boozing, and bedding...leaves the reader waiting impatiently for the next novel in what must be a memorable series." -Yorkshire Evening Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402236082
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Malcom Macdonald is the author of 30 novels, including the bestselling Stevenson family saga, Rose of Nancemellin, and Hell Hath No Fury. He was born in England in 1932, and currently lives in Ireland.

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World from Rough Stones 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
AVC75 More than 1 year ago
This book is for adult men who are in love with engineering, railroads, mining, or any other profession that deals with digging in the dirt. Be prepared for pages and pages of how to build a railroad tunnel. This book did not sell itself as a "how-to" book, and i found myself skipping large portions of the book when it launched into the characters' daily employment. On the nook, it is 600+ pages long, but if all of the ridiculous MINUTIAE of building a railroad tunnel were removed, it would probably be about half that length. Still, removing the railroad building descriptions would not fix things here. The characters speak in rural English dialects that are VERY difficult to understand - even more difficult than reading Shakespeare! The characters lead difficult lives with much sadness and tragedy. There is no happy ending here. The only redeeming quality is the ingenuity of the protagonists. Watching them lie, manipulate, and work their way up in society is disturbing albeit, at times, entertaining.
mekshes More than 1 year ago
Malcolm Ross Macdonald is my favorite author. I would like to see his entire bookshelf go into e-book format. His books are humorous with critical insights into human relationships. He has been compared to Delderfield. Delderfield is a hard read to follow. Perhaps that is my problem because of my U.S.Midwestern background. Macdonald is superior in the interaction of characters. Nothing is predictable. Frequently I would have to put my book down because I was overwhelmed with emotions. Because of the excitement of what would happen next. Human relationships is his forte. My favorite book is "Goldeneye" because of the love and understanding involved. Read all of his works you can.
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