The Hare with Amber Eyes was the winner of the 2010 Costa Biography Award and it’s not difficult to see why.

Edmund De Waal is a potter by trade and is quite noteworthy in his achievements in the field of Pottery. He is considered to be one of the most notable Potters in the UK today. Best known for his work with small bowls and beakers his work is exquisite in its simplicity.

In his Memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes, he takes the reader on a journey to Tokyo Japan where he visits his Great Uncle Iggie, a man who has collected a vast and startling collection of ‘netsuke’ 264 in total all no bigger than a matchbox. ‘Netsuke’ are small carvings traditional to Japan made of wood and ivory. Edmund is entranced from the moment he sets his eyes on them.

Edmund later inherits the precious ‘netsuke’ and so begins a story much larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined. From a growing empire in Odessa to Fin de siecle in Paris, from occupied Vienna to Tokyo, Edmund De Waal traces the history of the ‘netsuke’ through generations of his incredible family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century.

This story weaves around family sagas, a treasure hunt of sorts and spans nearly two centuries. All while combining a charming personal memoir with a resonant world history. This book is a thing of rare beauty like the “netsuke’ themselves. It will enchant readers and draw them in, never letting go until the last page.

For anyone who enjoys history or biographies this story will not disappoint. It is a startlingly beautiful book. A book that has already been voted as Guardian Book’s ‘Book of the Year’, has made it to the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller list and won The National Book Tokens New Writer of The Year Award.

This a brilliant story that mixes, human interest, love, loyalty and beauty through artful imagery and brilliant story telling. Readers will fall in love with his story and all the people within it.