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The Pebbles on the Beach: A Spotter's Guide [9780571347933]

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Newly republished, Clarence Eillis's 1954 classic guidebook includes a handy, illustrated guide to identifying pebbles on the reverse of the book jacket.

Includes a foreword by Robert Macfarlane, author of the bestselling The Lost Words.

'This book is a rare find... its charm derives from the sheer fascination of the subject, some from the period tone, but a lot reflects the author's personality... This book deserves to be a huge bestseller.' - Sunday Times

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 on the 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.


AUTHOR: Clarence Ellis was born in Holyhead in 1889. He studied History at Bangor and served on the Western Front before beginning a career in Further Education. His private passion was pebble collecting, and Pebbles on the Beach was first published in 1954.

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02-Aug-2018
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240
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