Thursday 20 January 2011

Inspiration for the New Year

This years Costa Biography Award has been won by potter Edmund de Waal, for his book The Hare With Amber Eyes, A Hidden Inheritance. When Edmund de Waal was an apprentice potter in Tokyo he was entranced by a collection of  'netsuke' ( Japanese miniature sculptures ) owned by his Uncle Iggie. In this memoir Edmund de Waal describes the journey taken by this beautiful collection of 264 wood and ivory netsuke, and the family who treasured it. The story travels across continents and centuries and is a gripping tale of war and peace, passion and loss.
This book is well worth a read if you are in need of a little inspiration or you love collections. Also check out Edmund de Waal's work which like the book is elegant and beautifully made.

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