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A dramatic story of the hunt for porcelain, from its discovery in China, to the courts of Louis XIV and Augustus the Strong, and the English ambitions of William Cookworthy and Josiah Wedgwood, and into the modern era. All told in Edmund de Waal's distinctive and sympathetic style.Pottery will never look the same again: forget crockery, craft fairs and anxiety over a favourite broken tea cup, this is the passionate story of the porcelain before it got stuck behind museum glass cabinets, the powerful substance that could build or destroy nations, and break men's minds and heartsMajor publicity coverage on hardback publication and blanket review coverage across broadsheetsThe Hare with Amber Eyes has sold over 500,000 copies across Chatto/Vintage editions and 1.5 million copies worldwide.Edmund's reputation as a writer and artist continues to grow. Since publication of Hare he has been the subject of an Alan Yentob BBC1 Imagine documentary, appeared on R4 Desert Island Discs and R3 Private Passions. His art is now represented by leading gallerist, Gagosian (New York show 2013, and LA show in 2015). Phaidon published a monograph on his work in 2014. He also recently received an OBE.

Edmund de Waal is an artist whose porcelain is exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, won the RSL Ondaatje prize and the Costa Biography Award and in 2015 he was awarded the Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction by Yale University. The White Road, a journey into the history of porcelain, was published in 2015. He lives in London with his family.

www.edmunddewaal.com

The gripping story of the lure of porcelain, or 'white gold', from the Number One bestselling author of The Hare with Amber Eyes.

** A Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller **


"Other things in the world are white but for me porcelain comes first"

A handful of clay from a Chinese hillside carries a promise: that mixed with the right materials, it might survive the fire of the kiln, and fuse into porcelain - translucent, luminous, white.

Acclaimed writer and potter Edmund de Waal sets out on a quest - a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Along the way, he meets the witnesses to its creation; those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by this obsession. It spans a thousand years and reaches into some of the most tragic moments of recent times.

In these intimate and compelling encounters with the people and landscapes who made porcelain, Edmund de Waal enriches his understanding of this rare material, the 'white gold' he has worked with for decades.

'This is a haunting book, a book that amasses itself piece by piece, gaining in weight.' Olivia Laing, New Statesman

'A mighty achievement' Guardian

Sweeping in scope ... intimate in detail ... The White Road is a mesmirising and finely wrought work. It is also a cautionary tale about the price of beauty pursued at any cost.I loved almost every word of de Waal's book. ... De Waal is intimate with the very stuff that he has tranformed so beautifully into pots; intimate with its history; intimate with the characters who make up its story. And yes, by the end, if this sort of elbow-grabbing book works for you - which it did triumphantly for me - he in intimate with his readers tooGraceful and insightful… this book is certainly the finest account of the many meanings of porcelain to the modern world that I have readThis book is a history of the making of porcelain – its discovery and rediscovery – from ancient China to Dachau. ... Mixed in with this history is a kind of autobiographical account of de Waal's own work. He says he thinks with his hands, and he is amazingly skilled at telling us what is happening as he feels the clay, turns the wheel, unloads the kiln.This is the most personal sort of book one can read: an account of a love affair. ... You learn everything you could possibly need to know about porcelain. ... You don't want to stop reading, because de Waal, with his sharp curator's eye, has excellent judgment when it comes to showing readers things that they will find fascinating, funny or moving.De Waal writes beautifully, wears his learning lightly and charmingly and makes sure anyone and everyone will care deeply about the white stuff too.Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes, the story of a collection of netsuke owned by his relatives, was a surprise bestseller. ... This account of china clay should claim an even greater readership. It deserves to. It is an even better book. I already have it marked down as my book of the year.Edmund de Waal's poetic book is like a porcelain cup richly and delicately painted with the story of a mysterious substance and an alchemical art that have combined to enrich, enchant and sometimes ruin aficionados and artists alike.This is a haunting book, a book that amasses itself piece by piece, gaining in weight.Edmund de Waal has a way of making you care about handmade ceramics in a way no other writer doesengaging and eruditeengaging and eruditeA single porcelain pot is sufficiently beautiful to behold, as is this dramatic, gloriously theatrical and irresistibly passionate pilgrimage into a dark hall of mirrorsa lyrical yet admirably unflinching talea fascinating voyage

Product Details

Title: TheWhite Road
Author: Edmund de Waal
SKU: BK0466701
EAN: 9780099575986
Language: English

About Author

Edmund de Waal is an artist whose porcelain is exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, won the RSL Ondaatje prize and the Costa Biography Award and in 2015 he was awarded the Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction by Yale University. The White Road, a journey into the history of porcelain, was published in 2015. He lives in London with his family.

www.edmunddewaal.com

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