• The Potter's Hand

  • By: A. N. Wilson
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-14-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 2.5 out of 5 stars 2.3 (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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)2014 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Dr. Laurence G. Measey on 03-29-13

Skillful moulding

A N Wilson is not my favourite author and there are passages of this book which irritate as he declares his particular prejudices. However please forgive as he has written a powerful, intriguing and likely tale about one of the great men of Staffordshire, Josiah Wedgwood. Wilson has clearly researched the family and its immediate friends and acquaintances. This work shines through and he wears this knowledge lightly to inform his readers.

Having read this novel, beautifully read by John Teller, I might try another...

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4 out of 5 stars
By jo on 01-14-13

Fascinating and insightful

What an interesting man Wedgewood was. He was a scientist and an artist, and man before his time - I had no previous interest in him / his dynasty at all, but am completely won over by just how fascinating he was. Some of the stories and characters are manipulated to allow for the book to work, but the author clearly explains at the end where liberties were taken with the truth. And it's so insightful about the social history and world history which is going on alongside the inner lives of the characters, that I feel I was educated by stealth. I now find myself suddenly rather interested in the American Civil War... and I visited the Wedgewood museum to see for myself some of the innovations he was involved in.

A really worthwhile (but not worthy) listen.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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