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Two Turtle Doves: A Memoir of Making Things

Two Turtle Doves is the story of a life spent making things. Whether it was go-carts and guns, cross-bows and booby-traps, boats, bikes or scooters. And then, it was jewellery. Alex’s book 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 and why we make the things we do.

The book is available to order online and is a fascinating memoir - a heartfelt celebration of creativity, craftsmanship and love.

It reveals how a small curious boy in the wilds of Suffolk became an internationally famous jewellery designer. Growing up in the 1970s in a crumbling giant of a house - four staircases, sagging greenhouses, and goose-pens on its cracking tennis courts - 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.

It explores inspiration, construction and the afterlife of objects. A bride in Sapporo picks out a necklace she will treasure forever. A celebrity gazes from a Vogue cover. Like Alex's jewellery, his story makes unforgettable connections between sensation, memory and the translation of emotion.




Some kind words

'A tremendous book'
Edmund de Waal

'Two Turtle Doves is a good deal more than a memoir. It is difficult to think of a text that better describes the way in which lived experience is translated by high craftsmanship into art.'
Wynn Wheldon. The Spectator

'A charming, whimsical read'
Glamour Magazine