House of Stone

A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East

Anthony Shadid

Published: 2 August 2012
Hardback, B Format
129x198mm, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781847087355

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Published: 7 March 2013
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 336 pages
ISBN: 9781847087362

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Published: 3 May 2012
ISBN: 9781847087379


In spring 2011, Anthony Shadid was one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya, cuffed and beaten, as that country was seized by revolution. When he was freed, he went home. Not to Boston or Beirut where he lives or to Oklahoma City, where his Lebanese-American family had settled. Instead, he returned to his great-grandfather's estate in Lebanon, a house that, over three years earlier, Shadid had begun to rebuild. House of Stone is the story of a battle-scarred home and a war correspondent's jostled spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came to fortify the other. Shadid creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house's renewal alongside his family's flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America. He memorializes a lost world and provides profound insights into this volatile landscape. House of Stone is an unforgettable meditation on war, exile, rebirth and the universal yearning for home.

About the author

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Anthony Shadid was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and former Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post. Over a fifteen-year career, he reported from most countries in the Middle East. He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 2004 in International Reporting for his coverage of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the occupation which followed. He won a second in 2010 for his coverage of Iraq as the United States began its withdrawal. Shadid is the author of two previous books, Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats and the New Politics of Islam (2001), and Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War (2005), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US. Shadid died of an asthma attack while attempting to leave Syria on horseback on 16 February 2012. More about the author


‘. . . offers a powerful reminder of the impact that never-ending insecurity has on people long after the violence that ruined their lives has been forgotten by the rest of the world.’



‘One of the finest memoirs I've read.’

House of Stone takes the reader to the heart of the Middle East and all its conflicts: the core question of what gives people a sense of who they are and what they are.’

‘Six pages into this book, I said to myself, if Anthony Shadid continues like this, this book will be a classic. And page by page, he did continue’ Dave Eggers, author

‘[A] heartbreakingly good book’ Jonathan Rugman

‘Encapsulates [Shadid's] yearning for a home, and for the rehabilitation of his soul, after years spent documenting the horror of war’ Arifa Akbar, Books of the Year

‘Interwoven with his own experiences, Shadid recreates his family's migration to 1920s Oklahoma, vividly imagining their alienation as they adapted to a new culture’ Lucy Popescu

‘Shadid writes lucidly, mixing elements of the lyricism and allusiveness of Arabic prose with Chandleresque American’ Tim Llewellyn

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