Special Offer

Download for Free with
Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial

Start your free trial at Audible.co.uk
or
Buy this book now at Audible.com

Audio downloads available at

Picture of AudibleReady devices
Listen anytime, anywhere with our FREE Audible apps for Android, iPhone
and Windows Phone.
The Potter's Hand (Unabridged)
 
See larger image
 

The Potter's Hand (Unabridged) [Audio Download]

by A. N. Wilson (Author), John Telfer (Narrator)
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
List Price: £20.99 (Prices include VAT)
Price:£18.35, or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial membership
You Save:£2.64 (13%)
All prices include VAT

At Audible.co.uk, you can download any of 100,000 audiobooks and more, and listen on your Kindle™ tablet, iPhone®, iPod® or Android™.
Your Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial membership includes:
  • This audiobook free, or any other Audible audiobook of your choice
  • Members-only sales and promotions
  • Total flexibility - cancel, pause or upgrade your membership easily and whenever you like


Read the customer ratings and reviews at Audible.co.uk for The Potter's Hand (Unabridged) (audiobook).


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £2.99  
Hardcover £17.99  
Paperback £6.29  
Audio Download, Unabridged £18.35 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial


Product details

  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 16 hours and 41 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: AudioGO Ltd
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 Sep 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AX2T5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Product Description

In 1774, Josiah Wedgwood, master craftsman possessed with a burning scientific vision, embarks upon the thousand-piece Frog Service for Catherine the Great. Josiah's nephew Tom journeys to America to buy clay from the Cherokee for this exquisite china. Tom is caught up in the American rebellion, and falls for a Cherokee woman who will come to play a crucial role in Josiah's late, great creation: the Portland Vase. As the family fortune is made, and Josiah's entrepreneurial brilliance creates an empire that will endure for generations, it is his daughter Sukey, future mother of Charles Darwin, who bears clear-eyed witness.

A novel of epic scope, rich in warmth, intellect and humanity, The Potter's Hand explores the lives and loves of one of Britain's greatest families, whose travails are both ordinary - births, deaths, marriages, opium addiction, depression - and utterly extraordinary.

©2012 A.N. Wilson ; (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd

Tag this product

 (What's this?)
Think of a tag as a keyword or label you consider is strongly related to this product.
Tags will help all customers organise and find favourite items.
Your tags: Add your first tag
 

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Ripple TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The man of clay that AN Wilson throws onto his storytelling wheel in "The Potter's Hand" is the great Josiah Wedgwood, but this is much more than a historic telling of his life. Indeed, Josiah already has a thriving business at the start of the book. What Wilson does particularly impressively is to put Wedgwood's achievement and works into the context of the politics and social philosophy of the times, sandwiched between the two great revolutions in American and France. In order to do this, Wilson has to play slightly loose with artistic licence by altering dates and time lines a bit, but it works well. He also balances the real historic figures with several key figures of his own invention and where the historic figures don't quite fit with his narrative, he alters their ages and invents "facts" to the benefit of the fictional narrative.

Wilson's approach is a broad one, following a number of sub-plots throughout the book. Indeed, poor old Josiah often seems to float around on the edge of his own story for much of the book as Wilson concentrates on his nephew, Tom Byerley, who would run the family business after the period of this novel, and the entirely fictional characters of Caleb and Heffie Bowers and Blue Squirrel, a Cherokee girl that Tom meets while seeking to negotiate the supply of American kaolin to meet the order for the Catherine the Great. Also central to the book is Wedgwood's oldest daughter, Sukey, whose later children included Charles Darwin.

The result is a novel of ideas ranging from colonialism, slavery, the welfare of workers, class, religious belief, industrialisation and, with Charles Darwin's grandfather, the lecherous old Dr Darwin as the family doctor, early thoughts on evolution.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Capitalist 8 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didn't realise immediately that the author of this book had such important connections with Josiah Wedgwood. A.N.Wilson's father was Managing Director of Josiah Wedgwood Ltd. Wilson knows the distinctive Potteries accent and this gives such credibility to the minor characters: Caleb and Effie. But also to Old Wooden leg himself who at intimate moments speaks the dialect. A.N.Wilson has a reputation for thorough research which means I trust him in this story. Josh's relationship, as a very superior tradesman, with the aristocrats in London and in Staffordshire is one of the most valued aspects of this wonderful story. The book is quite densely printed so thanks Amazon Kindle for enlarged printing enabling me to get through it quickly and easily
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hoped for better 22 Sep 2013
By Gadfly
Format:Paperback
Living in north Staffordshire I was looking forward to this book, but I found it oddly disappointing. Several things jarred with me
The overuse of local dialect was an irritant, some folk out there will have difficulty in understanding it fully.
I know it was written in modern times, but the use of the "F" word and the rather poorly described sex scenes were wholly unnecessary.
The interludes where the action jumped forwards 20 years made it all the more confusing.
On the positive side it gave a good account of the man Josiah Wedgwood and the spirit of the age.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Industrial Revalution on a human scale 27 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A.N.Wilson's historical novel about the family of Josiah Wedgwood, intrigues with its rich analysis of material success and emotional failure. You can trust A.N.Wilson with facts which otherwise might fade into fiction. It is an adventure and a revelation.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of 'Wooden Leg'. 11 May 2013
By Joan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a detailed and amazing biography of Josiah Wedgewood, the originator of the famous pottery. He was multi-talented, innovative and very ambitious. Known as 'Wooden Leg' as a result of having a primitive prothesis following an amputation after meningitis in his childhood, he drove himself and all his employees very hard. My only criticism of the book is that in places some judicious editing would shorten a very long book.
It is certainly an enthralling and informative story.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Potter's Hand 17 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a practising potter I really enjoyed this book and felt that the author had a good grasp of what life was like in the potteries. Possibly someone with little knowledge of the potteries and what Wedgwood achieved at the time might not find it so fulfilling. Some liberties were taken by the author but these did not distract from the story.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Novel 17 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic read, it is fun but has enough depth to make it really interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wedgewood wonder. 7 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A glimpse of the real work during the industrial revolution along with a story line that sets blends well with the history of this incredible man and his family.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Think this was free
I haven't finished this one. I did not like it, I did not take to some of the characters. try it for yourself.
Published 1 month ago by A. C. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant read
A well written book with interesting characters and a well portrayed settings both local to the family action and the wider national and international field. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sylvia
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Very interesting book, giving characters to the names behind Wedgwood pottery. Some disturbing scenes in America but week worth buying.
Published 1 month ago by Fin
4.0 out of 5 stars A new view of the Industrialrevolution.
It was very well written and brought both the characters and the period to life. Meaning well, many 18 century industrialists created more havoc then progress and the pottery... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sylvia Flowers
3.0 out of 5 stars not very good
not as good a read as expected. not well written and waste of time . the subject could have been dealt with much better
Published 1 month ago by J. Hope-Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Revolutions in America and Industry
The story of Josiah Wedgwood and his family told among the developments in Industry, Science and the Colonies of the 18th century. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AL
4.0 out of 5 stars I almost thought it was true
This fictionalised account of Josiah Wedgwood and his family was so well done that I almost thought it was a biography. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Corven
2.0 out of 5 stars Feet of clay
Having tried his books before I've come to the conclusion that Wilson is excellent value for non-fiction, but is more pedestrian when it comes to telling a tale.
Published 3 months ago by Russell James
5.0 out of 5 stars vivid story
Givea a great impression of life in the Potteries. You learn what a talented man Josiah Wedgwood was. He created a business which was known in many countries. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs J
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant insight to Georgian Life in the 1700s
Brilliant in parts.........unrealistically fanciful in others. Well researched and gives a good account of the political issues of the time, linking the great intellectuals of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by typecast76
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category


ARRAY(0xabe88f30)