The Giant on the Skyline

The Giant on the Skyline

On Home, Belonging and Learning to Let Go


'This incredibly special book will make you think of all the places and people you have ever called home.’ Emma Gannon

‘Stroud's best book yet: candid, primal, irresistibly intense.’ Julie Myerson

Full of personality, humour and heart … I did not want it to end.’ Lily Dunn

'A beautiful book that seems to flow straight from the heart to the page.’ Sophy Roberts

'I loved this…She writes with force, power, and a radical transparency. It's a gift.’ Cal Flynn

'I’m blown away by Clover’s writing. So impressive, inspiring, fluid, honest and resonant.’ James Aldred

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 beautifully layered portrait of family, community and of belonging in a landscape that has drawn people to it for generation after generation.


‘A beautiful book, written in lyrical, liquid prose that seems to flow straight from the heart to the page.’
Sophy Roberts

‘Few writers I know have this intense intimacy, or such an immediately engaging effect on a reader. It really is magic.’
Lucy Atkins

‘Clover’s most profound and moving, and unquestionably her most soaringly beautiful…’
Juliet Nicolson

Praise for Clover Stroud

A fearless explorer of the human heart.'
Elizabeth Gilbert

'Clover's writing is sensationally beautiful.'
Laura Cumming

'Stroud's writing is knife-sharp, beautiful and profound.'
Madeline Miller

'I love Clover Stroud's writing. It feels like she's mining for treasure, drilling down with lyrical prose, getting to the thing that makes us human.'
Christie Watson


  • Clover Stroud is expert at bringing her reader right to the heart of her longing. Her writing is intimate and warm, honest and generous. A true memoirist, she looks to people and place as her canvas, in this case the psychic and physical hold of the landscape and what we call home. The Giant on the Skyline is timeless and yet firmly rooted in time, magical and mysterious and yet earthy and sensual. It is full of personality, humour and heart and I did not want it to end.
    Lily Dunn, author of Sins of My Father

About the author

Clover Stroud

Clover Stroud is a writer and journalist, writing regularly for the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Saturday and Sunday Telegraph, among others. She also hosts a popular podcast called Tiny Acts of Bravery. Her first book, The Wild Other, was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize. Her critically acclaimed second book, My Wild and Sleepless Nights: A Mother's Story, and third book, The Red of My Blood: A Death and Life Story, were instant Sunday Times bestsellers and rated 'best books of the year'. She is currently living in Washington DC with her husband and the youngest three of her five children.
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