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The star presenter and judge of Channel 4's The Great Pottery Throw Down looks back on his life and career - and the passion for ceramics that started it all.

Keith Brymer Jones is the star presenter and judge of Channel 4's The Great Pottery Throw Down, famous for his emotional responses to the heartfelt and personal pieces made by contestants on the show. He is also the ultimate professional craftsman who's done the hard yards to get where he is today, working his way up from being a skivvy in an industrial pottery to running his own hugely successful international ceramics business. 

Here, in his first ever memoir, Keith tells the story of his life and inspiring rise to success through the objects and images that have been meaningful to him every step of the way, as he recounts key moments and events as well as the people and places that have shaped him. From his childhood and early devotion to dance to discovering clay at the age of 11, to his tough apprenticeship at Harefield Pottery and struggles to establish his own business, this memoir goes beyond the TV show to offer us a rare insight into Keith's own philosophy and outlook on life.

©2022 Keith Brymer Jones (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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As magic as opening a wood fired glaze kiln

Keith's story totally absorbed me. I laughed & cried with him. Completely brilliant. Exceptional delivery.

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Just lovely

There is something poignant about listening to Keith’s voice tell his own story. His choice to narrate his own audiobook is even more significant when he tells of his struggles with dyslexia. Role models mostly find themselves in that position without having wished it upon themselves, and so it is with Keith. He really is a wonderful modern male role model. His wish to connect through his craft is what make him such a thoroughly warm and likeable chap. I really enjoyed his story.

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A story about finding your life's calling

An emotional story full of life, love, loss, perseverance and some poetry thrown in for good measure.

If you have enjoyed Throw Down you will enjoy this.

Keith's signature 'cry' when he becomes emotional fits in beautifully with the narrative.

Consider this to be up there with the readings of Messers B. Blessed and P. Steward when it comes to essential travel/car listening.

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Gripping tale

not sure what I was expecting , what an amazing story absolutely brilliant hanging off every word really really enjoyed it you will love this listen

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Loved it!

Great to hear about Keith’s life. Brilliant to hear him read it himself. Honest and moving.

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Great book ...full of timely tales

really enjoyed this...thanks Keith! Brought back memories of growing up in the 70's ...love your attention to detail and so much info about pots and potters.

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Had me blubbing too!

Nice to hear Keiths struggles and victories! A very human being who shows skill and perseverance!

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A lovely listen

This book is a great way to find out more about the lovely Great Pottery Throw Down judge KBJ. His narration is easy to listen to and very heartfelt, which lends a sense of conversation to this title. A lovely, easy going listen.

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loved every second

Best autobiography in the last 5 years, easily, I totally loved it xxx all
hail kieth

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Very interesting and enjoyable memoir

Keith Bruner Jones tells an honest account of his life story alongside demonstrating a love for the craft, it’s characters, traditions and economic story. Well worth a listen!

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  • Klay
  • 25-04-22

Fascinating tales of life, connections and hard work

I’m a huge fan of the Pottery Throw Down and often day dream about how amazing it would be to be part of something like that. So I was already partial to KBJ before getting this book. This book is as much a series of tales from an interesting life and touching anecdotes about family and friends as it is a really good primer in being a small business owner and what it takes to be a success (hint: a lot of hard work) Thank you for sharing it all!

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  • Kodiakslc
  • 08-04-22

Get the audio book

If you enjoy The Great Pottery Throw Down, you'll love this book. I loved hearing Keith narrate his book. It felt like I was sitting in the pottery with him listening to his stories. It was so much better than reading the book myself.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-04-22

Very enjoyable, interesting, entertaining, and heartfelt

Loved listening to Keith’s book. His personality comes across seamlessly as if he is sitting across the table from you. I will recommend this book to any that inquire.

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  • Nina Cardinal
  • 20-03-22

I feel like KBJ is my new best friend!

What I love most about this book, has a lot to do with the style in which it's written. When I first started watching the great pottery throw down, I didn't know what to expect. My husband and I were so pleasantly surprised, and found that we learned so much with each episode. After hearing this beautifully raw and honest autobiography, I feel like I got a glimpse of what makes KBJ tick. I love his vulnerability, honesty, and humor. Thank you, KBJ for writing this book!

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  • pamela greenough
  • 04-03-22

essential read for an artist

a good book that would make anyone smile! pist covid it ligted my potter's heart.

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  • Jim W
  • 26-02-22

Great read!

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I really do! I first came in contact with Keith through reruns of Great Pottery Throw Down on YouTube, and assumed he was a long time big name in pottery in Britain. I guess you can blame that on me being American, and the tendency on this side of the pond to always go with famous people for shows like this, but it was so nice to meet and get to know him as a person, with successes and failures, and the same love of ceramics I have. All the best, Keith!

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  • Bee Stone
  • 09-02-22

My morning listen

I'll start by saying that I'm a KBJ fan, from before the Great Pottery Throwdown.

I loved this book. For the last week, I've listened while I had my morning coffee and it was a terrific, positive way to start the days.

No exaggerated drama, just the story of a decent guy from humble beginnings making it, through hard work, perseverance and talent. And more recently, crying 😉

As a fellow potter, I enjoyed hearing his journey from nerdy teen potter to clay celebrity. Well done, Keith!