The Book of Pebbles – Christopher Stocks & Angie Lewin
Christopher Stocks lives on Chesil Beach and is therefore well-placed to talk about the visceral appeal of pebbles; their weight and heft, the feel of them in the hand, the sound that they make on a beach – both when you are walking across them and when they are ground together by the waves. Angie Lewin is equally well placed to illustrate a book about pebbles; from her old stomping ground of North Norfolk with its flinty beaches to her new locale of Scotland and its differing pebbles. Stones have often appeared in her prints and artwork and they sit beautifully here alongside Stocks’ text.
One of the chapters in the book focusses on Jim Ede’s Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, a house and museum that may feature the most photographed grouping of stones – a table in the house has a spiral of nearly spherical pebbles of differing sizes across its surface – and he says that this placement of stones alongside amazing artworks and furniture – has had a huge influence and resulted in groupings of pebbles appearing across mantelpieces and shelves everywhere. He also credits Derek Jarman and his house, Prospect Cottage, at Dungeness which is built on shingle. Neil Tennant joked ‘We have Derek to blame for pebbles, really. If you go to a hotel and there are pebbles in a f**king jar, it’s basically Derek.’
The book also recommends some good pebble beaches Wherry Town between Penzance and Newlyn, St Columba’s Bay on Iona, Blakeney Point in Norfolk and the foreshore of the Thames at Blackfriars.
Paperback. 116 pages.
15cm x 21.2cm x 1.2cm