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The White Road
Author: Edmund de Waal

ISBN: 9780099575986
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 18 July 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 3.0
Description:
The gripping story of the lure of porcelain, or 'white gold', from the Number One bestselling author of The Hare with Amber Eyes

** Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 **

'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...

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