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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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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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