Alex Monroe memoir from Bloomsbury

Alex Monroe memoir from Bloomsbury

Jewellery designer Alex Monroe’s first memoir will be published next year by Bloomsbury.

Two Turtle Doves (13th March, £16.99) is a literary reflection on Monroe’s early years growing up in rural Suffolk, where he showed an interest in art and design from an early age. His “wild childhood”, “melting down piano keys into cross bolts and 50ps for cigarette machines” led to his career creating bespoke jewellery and pieces for high-end brands such as Coco De Mer and the V&A.

Bloomsbury publishing director Helen Garnons-Williams said Two Turtle Doves is a memoir “about the idea of making things. As well as memories, it’s also what it’s like to be a jeweller, hammering metal. People don’t usually write about that side of craftsmanship.”

Each chapter is based on an iconic piece of Monroe’s jewellery, including his famous necklace designs featuring bicycles and bees. Garnons-Williams described Monroe’s childhood as a “cross between Swallows and Amazons and ‘Rambo’ . . .  Alex spent a lot of time falling out of barns and electrocuting himself with his brothers and sisters,” adding that Two Turtle Doves will appeal to fans of The Hare with Amber Eyes.