The White Road

The White Road

Paperback (30 Jun 2016) | English

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Synopsis

** 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.

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

Book information

ISBN: 9780099575986
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 738.209
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 8404
Number of pages: 401
Weight: 356g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 31mm