The Stonemason: A History of Building Britain (Paperback)Andrew Ziminski (author)
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'My school history lessons were focused around flat pages of facts, events and royal personalities, but for me it was the material aspects of the past, the tangible remnants left behind that were thrilling, and that it was these buildings and places, and learning how they worked, that really brought the past alive.'
A stonemason's story of the building of Britain: part archaeological history, part deeply personal insight into an ancient craft.
In his thirty-year career, stonemason Andrew Ziminski has worked on many of our greatest monuments. From Neolithic monoliths to Roman baths and temples, from the tower of Salisbury Cathedral to the engine houses, mills and aqueducts of the Industrial Revolution and beyond, The Stonemason is his very personal history of how Britain was built - from the inside out. Stone by different stone, culture by different culture, Andrew Ziminski (with his faithful whippet in tow) takes us on an unforgettable journey by river, road and sea through our countryside showing how the making of Britain's buildings offers an unexpected and new version of our island story.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm
'The author is a beguiling companion to the very bones of the Wessex landscape ... I hope he has plenty left from his notebooks for another volume' - The Sunday Telegraph
'In attempting to reconnect us to this continuous narrative of English history and architecture, Ziminski is undertaking something more profound than the charm of this delightful book first suggests. Delicate as the threads that tie us to the past can seem, thanks to work like Ziminski's, both as mason and as author, we can hope they will remain unbroken' - The Daily Telegraph
'Andrew Ziminski is the man who rebuilt the West Country. For 30 years, this skilled stonemason has renovated some of Britain's greatest buildings ... Ziminski has a wonderful way of describing the look and feel of stone ... What a magician!' - The Spectator
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“Informative and well written history of Britain through it buildings by someone who conserves them”
What a thoroughly engaging book. The passion for our built heritage comes out from the pages of this book. The skill of the mason has persisted throughout our history and this book takes the reader through different... More
“The Stonemas by Andrew Ziminski”
Such fascinating read. Insight into the people of our ancient landscape. Highly recommend this personal account from a knowledgeable and passionate author.
“A great read, highly recommended”
It was a fascinating read, well researched and informative.
The author tells the story of buildings in Britain as it were a novel and you cannot put it down.
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