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  • Published: 24 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473566934
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Pulse Glass

And the beat of other hearts




A personal and global history in objects, Gillian Tindall traces the memories that can accrue in the artefacts of a person’s life

A personal and global history in objects, Gillian Tindall traces the memories that can accrue in the artefacts of a person’s life

Taking eleven or so talismans from her experience, Gillian Tindall explores what we leave behind; the meaning that the relatively meaningless can acquire, and indeed the loss of meaning - or the new meaning - for subsequent generations. It is a wonderful evocation of artefacts as the original 'cloud', of the time travel that memory can permit, but also how false memory can be perpetuated, or alternate facts created through interpretation. It’s a book that will be at once personal and universal, and one that brings together all the great themes of Gillian's writing career.

  • Pub date: 24 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473566934
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Gillian Tindall

Gillian Tindall is a master of miniaturist history, well known for the quality of her writing and the scrupulousness of her research; she makes a handful of people, a few locations or a dramatic event stand for the much larger picture, as her seminal book The Fields Beneath, approached the history of Kentish Town, London. She has also written on London's Southbank (The House by the Thames), on southern English counties (Three Houses, Many Lives), and the Left Bank (Footprints in Paris), amongst other locations, as well as biography and prize-winning novels. Her latest book, The Tunnel through Time, traces the history of the Crossrail route, the forthcoming ‘Elizabeth’ line. She has lived in the same London house for over fifty years.

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Praise for The Pulse Glass

“Elegaic... Her books are carefully wrought acts of restoration... In The Pulse Glass, Tindall, now aged 81, reflects on a lifetime’s interest in historical recovery”

Francis Wilson, The Telegraph

“Tindall writes with affecting precision... Reading this book feels like looking out of the window on a long train journey. One is lulled by the rhythms into deep reflection and inexplicable nostalgia for the lives and landscapes of others”

Jessie Childs, History Today *Books of the Year*

“An excellent suite of essays on transience and remembrance... Gillian Tindall is a high-minded Autolycus, devoted not merely to snapping up the “unconsidered trifles” of past lives but holding them to the light to glean the stories they might conceal”

Anthony Quinn, Observer

“Tindall specialises in the overlooked, the underappreciated. She is very much a local historian, if you take that to mean that everything local can become universal; that the stories of ordinary people are as worth telling as the grand, the famous, the notorious... Tantalising... Tindall is a fine historian and writes with a wryness of everyday human foibles”

Emma Hogan, The Times


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