The Book of Pebbles by Christopher Stocks and Angie Lewin

The Book of Pebbles by Christopher Stocks and Angie Lewin


Why do we pick up pebbles on the beach? What is it we see in them, and why do we take them home to display on our shelves? Is it their inherent beauty, their infinite variation, or simply their associations with a happy time and place? In this book - part social history and part practical guide - writer and pebble collector Christopher Stocks unearths the sometimes surprising story of our love-affair with pebbles, and considers how the way we see them today has been influenced over the years by artists, authors and even archaeologists. Printmaker Angie Lewin is widely admired for her alluringly stylish images of the natural world. She celebrates the experience of walking and sketching along the British coastline, often incorporating pebbles in her limited edition prints and paintings.

Many of these feature in the book alongside a series of new images.


Pub;ished April 2020


Paperback / softback


116 pages, 44 Illustrations, color

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  • About the author

    Christopher Stocks is writer, runner and trainee bell-ringer, who divides his time between London and Dorset.

    His first book, Forgotten Fruits, a social history of British fruit and vegetables, became an unlikely success, with Monty Don choosing it as his favourite book of the year.

    The Book of Pebbles, illustrated by Angie Lewin, was published in hardback in 2019 and paperback in 2020. According to Country Life, ‘For anyone unable to walk along a beach without stopping every few steps to pick up a lozenge of quartz washed by the receding tide or a grey-slate skimmer, this book is an ideal companion.’

    A journalist as well as an author, Christopher writes about architecture, gardens, design and perfume for House & Garden, Wallpaper, Gardens Illustrated, Country Life and Architectural Digest, as well as his own men's-perfume blog,