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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 01 edition (1 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711237875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711237872
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘[a] beautiful book...the words Sandling unearths are as delightful as the objects he describes.’
(Daily Mail 2016-08-19)

'Exhilaratingly curious and entertainingly knowledgeable, Sandling is especially good at following the fractals of his eclectic finds...each object beautifully photographed… He is a fine observer, too, of the potent flawed beauty of his hoard of rescued treasure… With handsome photography, an introduction by Iain Sinclair and a chapter of excellent practical advice for would-be mudlarkers, this book is an indispensable vade-mecum for anyone who has ever been tempted to explore the secrets that lie hidden in plain sight on the shores of London’s great river.'
(Jane Shilling Evening Standard 2016-09-15)

'hypnotic — yet infectiously jolly... [Ted Sandling] has a sharp eye and aesthetic appreciation for the fragments of objects that now surface in the gravel and mud. The detailed photos of his finds are gripping... Among the billionaire property speculation apartment blocks, this is the opposite of uncanny: the sense of continuity instead makes you a little tearful.'
(Sinclair McKay Spectator 2016-09-16)

‘Beautifully illustrated’

‘I found a distinct frisson running through me as I read this book… [Mudlarking] is free to anyone, although many readers, I suspect, will be happy that Ted Sandling has done it for them... Each [find] has been indefatigably researched… The surviving words on a tiny, 19th-century type block found at Vauxhall read like poetry: "GOLD Handsome… graved, and… Pearls and fine… lustrous Gems." They could stand as a motto to the book. To the mudlark, every Waldorf Hotel teacup or lead-glazed pipkin handle is a jewel.’
(Clive Aslet Country Life 2016-10-12)

"Sandling's aim is to increase inquisitiveness, and he undoubtedly achieves this."

"Sandling tells us not only what the pieces are but also how they feel in the hand. He notes the smallest details."

"...as Sandling writes, 'modernity doesn't exist on the foreshore'. The river is 'no respecter of chronology', and Sandling mimics its eddying rhythm, arranging his finds by theme rather than age."

"...the significance of these fragments lies in the stories they tell us about the everyday lives of the people to whom there are no monuments or blue plaques."

(Sabhbh Curran Times Literary Supplement 2016-12-09)

"the book is packed with plenty of shard photographs covering a range of styles, decorative techniques and vessel function"

"if...you like to dip in and out of our capital's heritage [this book] is a wonderful companion"
(Karen Tooth London Potters News 2017-02-01)

About the Author

Mudlarking, searching the Thames foreshore, has a long tradition: mudlarks used to be small boys grubbing a living from scrap. Today’s mudlarks unearth relics of the past, from Roman tiles to elegant Georgian pottery. Here are Ted Sandling's most evocative finds, gorgeously photographed in colour. Together they create a mosaic of everyday London life through the centuries, touching on ideas of Journeys, Pleasure and Vice, Industry, Adornment and Comfort. There are two themes behind the account: celebrating the beauty of small things, and making sense of the intangible connection that found objects give us to the individuals who lost them. An evocative and detailed text places the fragments back in the objects they came from, and places the objects in the flow of London's history. The French fold jacket is printed on the reverse with a map of access points to the river, and the book concludes with advice on how to start mudlarking yourself.

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