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The Hare With Amber Eyes : Illustrated Edition

by Edmund de Waal

Biography / Autobiography The Real World

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Winner of the 'Best of the Best' Adult category at the Independent Bookshop Week Awards 2016. 

Winner of the Independent Booksellers' Book Award 2011.

Winner of the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2011.

Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2011.

Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2010.

Costa Book Awards Judges' comment:
"A book that is both highly original and tremendously moving. De Waal's subject matter is fascinating in itself, but what makes the book work so well is the delicacy with which he approaches his task and the emotion he invests within it."

Winner of the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2010.


This is the definitive illustrated edition of the international bestseller which tells the history of a family through 264 objects, set against a turbulent century, from an acclaimed writer and potter. With gorgeous new photography of the celebrated netsuke collection, and sumptuous full-colour images hand-picked by Edmund de Waal from his family archive of 264 Japanese wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox.

The Hare With Amber Eyes : Illustrated Edition Synopsis

Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great-uncle Iggie's Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined. From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siecle Paris, from occupied Vienna to post-war Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century.

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ISBN: 9780701187163
Publication date: 17/11/2011
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780701187163
Publication date: 17th November 2011
Author: Edmund de Waal
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, The Real World,
Categories: Biography: general, Carvings: artworks,

About Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal's porcelain is shown in many museum collections round the world and he has recently made installations for the V&A and Tate Britain. He was apprenticed as a potter, studied in Japan and read English at Cambridge. He is Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster and lives in London with his family.   Author photo © Hannah James

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