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The Pulse Glass by Gillian Tindall

The Pulse Glass: And the beat of other hearts

Gillian Tindall

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2 reviews

Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 24 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781784742997

A personal and global history in objects, Gillian Tindall traces the memories and meanings that accrue to the artefacts of human lives through time.

4 stars out of 5
1 Nov 2019

"a family memoir encompassing tragedy and devotion, resentment and grief, misunderstanding, empathy and love, as all family histories do"

The Pulse Glass is full of such reflections, sparked by various events in Tindall’s family history. It’s an elegant book, thoughtful and cool-headed, at once expansive and precise – a pebble thrown into the pool of the past, from which ripples extend continually outwards. 


3 stars out of 5
25 Oct 2019

"Tindall is a fine historian, and writes with a wryness of everyday human foibles"

The result is a rather uneasy mixture of an oblique memoir and general musing on the transience of all things. Tindall is a fine historian, and writes with a wryness of everyday human foibles. I wanted more of her, and her eccentricities; more of the reasons why she keeps reams of old paper, more descriptions of why she has lived in the same house for half a century and more of her memories of her mother, her brother, and how their deaths affected her... It is a shame that in this book she mostly keeps herself in the shadows, hidden from view.