Shelf Control #1: Two Turtle Doves


Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post from Bookshelf Fantasies, here.

My Shelf Control pick this week is: 



Title: Two Turtle Doves
Author: Alex Monroe
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
Released: March 2014
Page Count: 240




Goodreads Summary:

Revealing how a small curious boy in Suffolk turned into an internationally famous jewellery designer, Two Turtle Doves is the story of a life spent making things.

Growing up in 1970s Suffolk in a crumbling giant of a house with wild, tangled gardens, Alex Monroe was left to wreak havoc by invention. Without visible parental influence, but with sisters to love him and brothers to fight for him, he made nature into his world.

Creation became a compulsion, whether it was go-carts and guns, cross-bows and booby-traps, boats, bikes or scooters. And then, it was jewellery.

From full-out warfare waged against the local schoolboys to the freedom found in daredevil Raleigh bike antics to the delicacies of dress-making and the most intricate designs for jewellery, Two Turtle Doves traces the intimate journey of how an idea is transformed from a fleeting thought into an exquisite piece of jewellery. It is about where we find our creativity, how we remember and why we make the things we do.

What’s the story?

I got this book when I doing work experience at Bloomsbury a couple of years ago. The blurb has always intrigued me – I love making things too – but for some reason, I’ve never managed to actually pick it up and start reading. Despite that, the story continues to interest me, and I’ve not managed to get rid of it on either of the two book purges I’ve had to do since I got it. I even included it in my reading list for Beat the Backlist this year, but still haven’t managed to read it – and it’s September already!

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