Hands of Time: A Watchmaker's History of Time. (Hardback)Rebecca Struthers (author)
Bewitching and spanning cultures and continents, watchmaker Struthers’ captivating book reveals the crucial role time-pieces have played in our attitudes to mortality, work, leisure, politics and more throughout centuries.
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
An intricate and personal history of watches and time from an extraordinary watchmaker and historian.
Timepieces are one of humanity's most ingenious innovations. Their invention was more significant for human culture than the printing press, or even the wheel. They have travelled the world with us, from the depths of the oceans to the summit of Everest, and even to the Moon. They regulate our daily lives and have sculpted the social and economic development of society in surprising and dramatic ways.
In Hands of Time watchmaker and historian Rebecca Struthers welcomes us into the hidden world of watchmaking, offering a personal history of watches that spans centuries and continents. From her workshop bench, Rebecca explores the ways in which timekeeping has indelibly shaped our attitudes to work, leisure, trade, politics, exploration and mortality, and introduces us to some extraordinary and treasured devices, each with their own story to tell.
Hands of Time is an intricate and uniquely personal exploration of the history, science, philosophy, and craft of timekeeping.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 34 mm
'Absolutely gorgeous. It blew my socks off' - Jay Blades
'A beautiful book' - Edmund de Waal
'Bewitching and brilliant' - Lara Maiklem
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