The Book of Pebbles

The perfect seaside and armchair companion to the pebbles of the British Isles


The perfect seaside and armchair companion to the pebbles of the British Isles

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Christopher Stocks, Angie Lewin


Why do we pick up pebbles on the beach? What is it we see in them, and why do we take them home to display on our shelves? Is it their inherent beauty, their infinite variation, or simply their associations with a happy time and place? In this book – part social history and part practical guide – writer and pebble collector Christopher Stocks unearths the sometimes surprising story of our love-affair with pebbles, and considers how the way we see them today has been influenced over the years by artists, authors and even archaeologists. Printmaker Angie Lewin is widely admired for her alluringly stylish images of the natural world. She celebrates the experience of walking and sketching along the British coastline, often incorporating pebbles in her limited edition prints and paintings. Many of these feature in the book alongside a series of new images.

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Weight 309 g
Dimensions 15 x 20.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 August 2020
Number of pages 116
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15 x 20.9 cm
Weight 309 g


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Christopher Stocks is an author, journalist and trainee bell-ringer. His first book, Forgotten Fruits, a social history of British fruit and vegetables, became an unlikely success, with Monty Don choosing it as his favourite book of the year. Angie Lewin studied fine art at the Central School of Art and has become a highly regarded artist and printmaker.