The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Author(s): Edmund De Waal

Biography, Memoir & Autobiography

ANew York Times Bestseller

An Economist Book of the Year

Costa Book Award Winner for Biography

Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots--which are then sold, collected, and handed on--he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.


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The history of a family through 264 objects - set against a turbulent century - from an acclaimed writer and potter

Winner of Galaxy National Book Awards: National Book Tokens New Writer of the Year 2010 and Costa Biography Award 2010 and Ondaatje Prize 2011.

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780701184179
  • : Chatto & Windus
  • : Chatto & Windus
  • : June 2010
  • : 204mm X 142mm X 34mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Edmund De Waal
  • : Hardback
  • : 610
  • : 736.68092
  • : 368
  • : 30 b/w integrated