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The Living Stones

(1957)
Cornwall
A non fiction book by

 
 
With an introduction by Stewart Lee.

'How I envy you if you are about to read either, or both, of Ithell Colquhoun's gnostic travelogues for the first time, for soon you, too, will be post-Colquhoun, and everything will seem ever so slightly altered.' --Stewart Lee

In The Living Stones Ithell Colquhoun, a leading surrealist painter and writer in post-war Britain, drifts through Cornwall, England, in search of an artist's studio and sanctuary from the modern world. She quickly becomes the readers gnostic guide, looking beyond the twee of County Fairs, observing druidic rituals and seeking out the crumbling wells and megaliths. Charming with her style and teasing glimpses into her soul, Colquhoun connects us with the eerie, numinous beauty of the Cornish countryside, quietly insisting that we see the Cornwall she sees: an ancient land and language built over layers of myth and legend. It elevates her writing above everyday travelogue.

    

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Paperback Editions

October 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Living Stones: Cornwall
Author(s): Ithell Colquhoun, Stewart Lee
ISBN: 0-7206-1893-2 / 978-0-7206-1893-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Living Stones: Cornwall
Author(s): Ithell Colquhoun
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Availability: Amazon UK