Stone: timeless, fascinating – and an essential part of human history. From Bernini’s marble to Hepworth’s abstracts, from cave dwellings to skyscrapers, from dividing walls to linking bridges, from collected pebbles to precious gems, this is an erudite, engaging and constantly surprising history of stone – and of ourselves.
Reflecting the structure of the earth, Written In Stone is formed of three distinct parts: Core introduces the composition and nature of rock in the wild; Mantle looks at how it has shaped human life on earth, from shelter to tools to communication; and Crust explores how we’ve written our story in stone – through art, religion and architecture.
Written in Stone is nothing less than a geological biography of our lives – combining history, personal travelogue, anthropology, psychogeography and natural history, to tell the wider story of humankind’s relationship with the ‘living’ rock beneath our feet and in our hands. Drawing on Rachael de Moravia’s own travels into the earth, on her past experience as a gem assessor, and on extensive research, this is a personal journey and a deep exploration of a core element in humanity’s history.
Rachael de Moravia is a writer, journalist, and university lecturer who holds a Creative Writing MA (distinction), tutored by Rachel Cusk and Alexander Masters. A former Financial Times group features writer, Rachael's arts, culture, travel and business features have appeared in UK and international publications. She has worked as a magazine editor; a broadcast journalist and radio news presenter; and her essays, fiction, and poetry have been published widely, in print and online. Rachael was granted an Authors’ Foundation Award from the Society of Authors in September 2019 for work-in-progress on Written in Stone.
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