- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (15 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848879539
- ISBN-13: 978-1848879539
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Potter's Hand Paperback – 15 Apr 2013
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A wonderful, highly readable novel; epic in scale, rich in narrative and character. High class indeed. --Tim Waterstone
Wilson offers a sweeping portrait of the European Enlightenment and the foundation of an intellectual dynasty destined to include Charles Darwin and Ralph Vaughn Williams in its ranks... All of this intellectualism is held together by a strong narrative... Behind the calm equipoise of Wedgwood's neoclassical designs, a global storm of ideas and inventions raged. It has a centre in Stoke-on-Trent and an icon in Wedgwood. Wilson brings it all to life. --Tristram Hunt, Financial Times
The Potter's Hand is a rich and rather wonderful novel... It is one of these books which gives the impression of having matured in the imagination for years. One can't, in a short review, do justice to its abundance. It is a cornucopia of a novel... wide in scope, rich in detail, and deep in understanding. --Scotsman
Full of fascinating historical detail... [A. N. Wilson's] most obvious fictional flourish, which sees a Cherokee transported to the potteries, is as incredible as it is romantic... a rather magnificent achievement. --Daily Mail
This is a splendid story, vividly told. --Economist
A weighty, most satisfying tale --Sunday Times
A. N. Wilson bases his first novel for five years, The Potter's Hand, on the Wedgwood Dynasty, and delivers their extraordinary adventures and achievements in business with customary aplomb. --Bookseller's Choice
Excellent historic fiction based around the family of Josiah Wedgwood in the period between the US revolution and the French revolution. An interesting man in a fascinating period makes for a compelling read. --Bookbag
A generous, beautiful novel --Irish Examiner
A magnificent saga of family life in the Enlightenment. --Evening Standard
About the Author
A. N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and awarding-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. His most recent novel, Winnie and Wolf, was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. He lives in North London.
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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 ›
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.
This is a splendid story, huge in its scope, which improves the understanding of the age while giving insight into the principal characters. This was the Age of Reason, and also the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. Both are well-presented and explained in this fine book. Some readers may find the absence of speech marks, or the strong Staffordshire accent, distracting, but these are minor quibbles in a major work. More important is the fine writing. For example, at the death of one of Josiah’s many children, Sukey takes up her Oboe:
‘The reedy oboe’s voice, a sad deep-throated bird, filled the silent house ..... Words could not have lifted them. The oboe skipped, sang, led onwards all who heard it with sounds which did not give hope, but which defied despair.’ Great stuff.
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What a really excellent story of Josiah Wedgwood and his family. Very enjoyable.Published 13 months ago by Rosebeth
As a woman who studied little history and loves a good story I found this book absolutely excellent. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ms.M E Westbrook
Seems as if written by a collective! Each chapter seems a different style and I really disliked the idea of hijacking someone's life to create a story. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bean
Very interesting and full of topical facts.as well as A N Wilson making into a good storyPublished on 19 Dec. 2014 by joanna hobson
Boring, over-written, ludicrous and contrived element involving a native American woman. 18th century from a 21st century viewpointPublished on 15 Nov. 2014 by sussals
I really struggled with this book. I was keen on the subject matter but I honestly nearly gave up several times; certainly not a light read. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2014 by LadyS