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The Pulse Glass: And the beat of other hearts

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

Before ordinary doctors had access to accurate pocket watches, they timed a patient's pulse with a 30-second sandglass. A `pulse glass' was a functional piece of medical equipment, designed to measure a life, never intended to
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 24th 2019 by Vintage Publishing
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Anneliese Tirry
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ik las in "The Guardian" over dit boek en ik wist dat ik dit moest lezen.
Het is een boek waarin de schrijfster aan de hand van voorwerpen of aan de hand van plaatsen nadenkt over de betekenis van deze objecten in het verleden en hoe die betekenis geëvolueerd is in de tijd, doordat bepaalde connotaties verdwijnen of veranderen of doordat dingen geen directe betekenis meer hebben etc. Die dingen kunnen allerhande zijn; brieven, foto's, gebruiksvoorwerpen... - hieraan koppelt de schrijfster haar h
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Michael
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A typically moving and meticulous social history from Gillian Tindall. Fascinating throughout ...
JoJo
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting set of vignettes of items that evoke memories in the author.
Jane
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another lovely wander through the details of history.
Sarah Dunsbee
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting ,objects that survive when we are gone and what they can tell us of lives gone and forgotten....only heard the abridged version on the radio, but would like to read the book and more of this author....this is history to me ,not wars and parliament .
Alice
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
So hard to rate because it contained some really interesting stories and details, but I vehemently disagreed with the author in places! Read my full review: https://t.co/YI3Jsh6STQ ...more
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Gillian Tindall began her career as a prize-winning novelist. She has continued to publish fiction but has also staked out an impressive territory in idiosyncratic non-fiction that is brilliantly evocative of place.

Her The Fields Beneath: The History of One London Village which first appeared thirty years ago, has rarely been out of print; nor has Celestine: Voices from a French Village, published
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