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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 7 April 2017
Anyone familiar with Alex Monroe's jewellery could be forgiven for thinking that he is a woman, so delicately feminine are his designs. This book reflects a man who truly loves and respects women. To enjoy success in any field, one has to be committed, thorough and honest. The design of this book is exquisite, carefully thought out and reflects the aesthetic ethos of the company. Alex Monroe can spin a good tale too and the reader is taken on an emotional roller coaster through the ups and downs (and there have been some serious 'downs') of the author's life. The book weaves in and out of descriptions of initial inspirations and making things, interwoven with anecdotes of childhood. What comes across is a wonderful feeling of this rough and tumble family in true 'Swallows and Amazon' style. Monroe is brilliantly witty and the reader will laugh out loud at some passages. Male readers will enjoy tales of boyhood Go-carts, guns and weapons. There have be times when life has dealt severe blows, but Monroe has battled on, focusing on his work and vision. This is an excellent read for both male and female readers.
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on 7 January 2018
Fascinating book on many levels. Some of Alex's reminiscences of childhood would make modern parents' hair stand on end. But it all seems to have led him to a calling that suits him down to the ground. His descriptions of jewellery-making are very interesting even for those readers who aren't techy at all. And some of his jewels are gorgeous.

Pity the illustrations don't work so well on Kindle but that's not the author's fault and doesn't detract from the rating.
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on 9 May 2014
A wonderful series of stories of a seventies childhood. I found this a joy to dip into and so charming to read. The descriptions of his wild, chaotic, carefree and happy upbringing are engaging and delightful. The interweaving of the story of how he became a jewellery designer with the story of his life is beautifully judged: as exquisite as his jewellery. Just loved it.
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on 23 August 2014
This a wonderful book which is very interesting as to how a jewellery designer starts an idea and how in the end he has worked through his drawing to have a completed piece of jewellry.
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on 7 May 2017
This is a superb explanation of the joy to be had in making things. Thoroughly enjoyable read and received in perfect condition.
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on 23 September 2015
A wonderful, inspirational book for those who like making things. Autobiographical tales of a renaissance man for all whether you are an artist artisan or not.
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on 16 January 2017
For me the family stories were the most interesting part of this book. However the process of working through ideas and then the skill involved in the production of the jewellery was fascinating. The author's evident struggles to make a living in the early days as a jewellery maker and his health issues were also interesting.
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on 23 March 2014
get the jeweller to write himself. Beautifully done, all things English, true to the brand. I'd expect more illustrations though..
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on 29 December 2014
Fascinating insight to the creative process. Will add another layer of meaning to anyone who owns an Alex Monroe piece of jewellery.
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on 21 January 2016
Love the book, thank you.
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