The Giant on the Skyline: On Home, Belonging and Learning to Let Go by Clover Stroud

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What is it that makes a home? What is a home without the roots that tie you to a place? What is a home when a family is split? Clover’s eldest children are leaving home for university. Her husband Pete’s work is in America. The only way for Clover and the younger children to live with him is to uproot, leave their rural life near the ancient Ridgeway in Oxfordshire and move to Washington DC. Forced to leave the home she loves and consider these questions, Clover sets out to explore the place where she lives, walk the Ridgway, understand a little of the history of her landscape and work out why it is that it is so hard for her to go. In doing so she paints a layered portrait of family, community and of belonging in a landscape that has drawn people to it for generation after generation.