The Pebbles on the Beach (Paperback)Clarence Ellis (author)
Originally published in 1954, this matchless guide to the rounded treasures of the surf beautifully evokes a different time of post-war optimism and empty country roads to the beach.
With a foreword by Robert Macfarlane
Pebble-hunting is a pleasant hobby that makes little demand upon one's patience and still less upon one's physical energy. (You may even enjoy the hunt from the luxurious sloth of a deck chair).
One of the true delights of the pebble-seeker is to read the stories in the stones - to determine whence and by what means they came to be there. We must always bear in mind that a pebble is a transient thing. It is in the half-way stage of a long existence.
This is a spirited guide to the simple pleasure of pebble spotting. Clarence Ellis is a charming, knowledgeable and witty guide to everything you didn't know there was to know about pebbles. He ruminates on what a pebble actually is, before showing us how they are formed, advising on the best pebble-spotting grounds in the UK, helping to identify individual stones, and giving tips onthe necessary kit.
You'll know your chert from your schist, your onyx from your agate and will be on your guard for artificial intruders before you know it.
Understanding the humble pebble makes a trip to the beach, lake-side or river bank simply that little bit more fascinating. A handy illustrated guide to identifying pebbles is included on the reverse of the book jacket.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 196 x 133 x 18 mm
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I read the information on this book and thought it would be an ideal book to get my grandson who lives near the sea as he loves collecting stones and pebbles from the beach. It is subtitled “A spotters guide”. I... More
“How can a ‘Spotters Guide’ not have any pictures?!”
As a keen enthusiast of geology, I was enthralled by the description and lovely cover. Sadly, in this case, you most definitely cannot judge the book by the cover! Why on earth call it a ‘Spotters Guide’ if you don’t... More
“Totally and utterly wonderful.”
What a beautiful book! Informative, interesting and charming - a brilliant guide.
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