Book Review: The Radical Potter: Josiah Wedgwood and the Transformation of Britain


Christian businesspeople wishing to find heroes of the past to emulate have understandably focused on a later generation of Victorian entrepreneurs. Hunt’s biography makes clear that the latter stood in the footsteps of an eighteenth century giant – albeit a physically small one – in Josiah Wedgwood. The pity is, however, that Hunt doesn’t have more to say about Wedgwood’s faith or give us direct quotations illustrating it. This leaves the reader uncertain whether that faith was a source of genuine personal inspiration to Wedgwood or simply part of the intellectual background that influenced his thinking.