The Pebbles On The Beach

byClarence EllisIntroduction byRobert Macfarlane

August 2, 2018|
The Pebbles On The Beach by Clarence Ellis
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*Top 10 Sunday Times bestseller*

The Pebbles on the Beach was first published in 1954. This newly reissued edition includes a foreword by Robert Macfarlane.There is a handy illustrated guide to identifying pebbles on the reverse of the book jacket.

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 toread 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 book about 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 forartificial 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.

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, andPebbles on the Beachwas first published in 1954.Robert Macfarlane was born in Nottinghamshire in 1976, and is currently a Fellow of Emman...
Title:The Pebbles On The Beach
Product dimensions:240 pages, 7.72 X 5.24 X 0.71 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 7.72 X 5.24 X 0.71 in
Published:August 2, 2018
Publisher:Faber & Faber
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780571347933

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