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  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099443636
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $19.99

Cutting For Stone

An enthralling, exotic saga spanning five decades and three continents, rife with forbidden love and desire; betrayals, murder, medicine and family secrets.

Marion and Shiva Stone, born in a mission hospital in Ethiopia in the 1950s, are twin sons of an illicit union between an Indian nun and British doctor. Bound by birth but with widely different temperaments they grow up together, in a country on the brink of revolution, until a betrayal splits them apart. But fate has not finished with them – they will be brought together once more, in the sterile surroundings of a hospital theatre.

From the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, this is both a richly visceral epic and a riveting family story.

  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099443636
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Abraham Verghese

Born and brought up of Indian parents in Ethiopia, Abraham Verghese qualified as a doctor in Madras and is currently professor of medicine at Stanford University, California. He is the author of My Own Country, an NBCC finalist made into a film directed by Mira Nair, The Tennis Partner, a New York Times Notable Book and Cutting for Stone. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, New York Times Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

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Praise for Cutting For Stone

This huge, rich, ambitious tapestry of a novel makes insomnia a pleasure...tremendous

The Times

Verghese's achievement is to make the reader feel there really is something at stake - birth, love, death, war, loyalty


A sweeping saga of family life, love, betrayal and redemption...the novel is driven by the author's natural storytelling ability, as well as the charm and believability of his characters

Clare Longrigg, Psychologies

Verghese's novel leads us in a tremendous, compassionate, technically exuberant sprawl through post-colonial Ethiopia via Kenya to the US...This is a big book and, along with Naipaul and Waugh and Dickens, there is also a strong flavour of William Boyd, both in the sense of place and in the way heredity and brotherhood get their grippers into a man and shape the narrative of his life...In medicine, there are times when one can do nothing. The novelist can always do something. But in both cases, and seldom better exemplified than in Verghese's lovely book, there is a heart to be uncovered

Michael Bywater, Independent

If comparisons with another writer have to be made, with its blend of intensely realised detail, adventure, myth, wit and poetry, the writer who comes to mind is Shakespeare

Richard Eyre, Sunday Telegraph

Verghese, a doctor, has an affinity for unstinting detail and unscientific intuition...a poetic perception of the outside world

New Yorker

readable... compelling

Jane Jakeman, Times Literary Supplement

convincingly evokes a place unfamiliar to most readers... Cutting for Stone honours the extraordinary, complex work of surgeons and physicians, but it allows us to see them as ordinary men and women

David Hoespool, Sunday Times

A human story that is deeply moving, utterly gripping, and, indeed, unforgettable. Cutting for Stone is as noble and dramatic as that ancient practice-medicine-that lies at the heart of this magnificent novel

John Burnham Schwartz, author of The Commoner and Reservation Road

Richly entertaining novel

David Horspool, The Sunday Times

A gory medical saga authenticated by numerous doctors' proverbs and mnemonics

Alfred Fickling, The Guardian

Skilful storytelling and fluid prose

Irish Times

There is a gravity and beauty in his writing that sets it apart from much contemporary fiction

Daily Telegraph

A dense and satisfying family saga...is a rich rewarding read.

Landers Bookshop, Independent on Sunday

An incredibly detailed history of two surgeon brothers who grow up in Ethiopia and live through the revolution...it opens your eyes to another world.

Nathaniel Parker, Daily Express

Tremendous, compassionate, exuberant


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