King of Dust by Alex Woodcock

King of Dust is a stonemason’s personal journey through the landscapes of southwest England and the Romanesque sculpture that first inspired him to pick up tools. It follows his struggle with depression and the many years of wanderings in the landscape. An archaeology of place, the book is a meditation on craft, the importance of the handmade, and the transformative power of art it our lives.

Hardback, 256 pages, jacket artwork by Ed Kluz.

Published  April 2019. Orders will be sent out on publication.

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After spending six years university, working on a PhD about medieval sculpture, Alex Woodcock was deeply in debt, unemployed and mentally exhausted. His personal life was in bits, too, and he didn’t know where to turn until he stumbled into a stone carving workshop in Somerset one summer. Carving stone for the first time, he realised just how little he knew about the sculpture he’d been studying and how much more there was to learn about himself. He decided there and then to retrain as a stonemason, and spent several years after that involved in the restoration of Exeter Cathedral.

King of Dust is an astonishing debut from an author with a distinct and original voice. It follows his life as a stonemason, his struggle with depression, and the many years of wanderings in the landscape looking for pieces of obscure and forgotten sculpture. An archaeology of place as well as a meditation on craft, it is a story about the transformative power of art and the importance of the handmade.

Hardback, 256 pages, jacket artwork by Ed Kluz.

Published  May 2019. Orders will be sent out on publication.

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Weight400 g

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