Stone Will Answer: A Journey Guided by Craft, Myth and Geology (Paperback)

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A beautiful memoir, travelogue, and meditation on stone and the transformative power of craft by a young stone mason and artist

'What are you doing? If you don't mind me asking?'

I say that we are taking this stone to Trondheim. I continue to tell her the story of Magnus and ancient Kings.

'Would you like to stand in it?' I ask. 'That is what it is for.'

At the age of twenty-six, Beatrice Searle crossed the North sea and walked 500 miles through Southern Norway on a medieval pilgrim path to Nidaros Cathedral, taking with her a 40-kilo stone from the West coast of Orkney.

She had recently completed her masonry training at Lincoln Cathedral and become fascinated with the mysterious footprint stones of Scandinavia, Northern Europe and the ancient Greco-Roman world; stones closely associated with travelers, saints and the inauguration of Kings. Following in their footsteps, her stone becomes a talisman of sorts, a bedrock on the move, and an offering to those she meets along the way.

Stone Will Answer is an unusual adventure story of resilience and homecoming, of weight and motion, of rediscovering love and faith, and of journeys practical, spiritual and geological. A captivating blend of exploration, memoir and myth, and an insight into a beguiling craft, it asks what lessons might be learned from stone, what we choose to carry with us and what we return to put down or pick up again.

About the Author

Beatrice Searle is an artist and stone mason. Originally from Cardiff, she lives in Scotland. Stone Will Answer is her first book.

Praise For…

"Illuminating... I was quickly taken in by Beatrice Searle's distinctive voice, and by the end I couldn't help but feel very differently about stones, rootedness, belonging, and indeed what walking might mean. Beatrice's story is exceptional, and she is an exceptional story teller." —Kerri Andrews, author of Wanderers: A History of Women Walking

"Searle is an excellent storyteller... Make[s] for gripping reading... it's the human spirit that emerges triumphant in this sparky blend of memoir and travelogue... Above all, this is the story of a young woman's astonishing feat of endurance." —Herald

"A gifted writer, capable of luminous description." —Spectator

"A story of determination and soul-searching... Compellingly narrated, entertaining and thought-provoking... treat yourself to a copy of this book and enjoy the journey." —Natural Stone Specialist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781529920499
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English