Book Headstones

By C.J. Ball

rings design on granite headstone

Discover the artistry within our thoughtfully designed memorials, expertly shaped by master stonemasons with a rich legacy tracing back to our founding in 1929. These tastefully crafted monuments serve as an ideal option for cemeteries in South Wales and its neighboring areas. Uncover the essence of our offerings below.

Book Headstones

Our Range

Book-themed grave markers have become a popular choice for those seeking a distinctive and heartfelt way to honour their beloved ones.

At C.J. Ball, our team comprises highly skilled memorial artisans with the expertise to intricately design and inscribe various tombstones in the shape of books. Each of our creations is dedicated to serving as a profound testament to the enduring memory of your cherished one.

We offer a range of pre-designed book styles for your consideration, or we can work closely with you to craft a customised masterpiece that authentically captures the essence of your loved one’s life and lasting legacy. Our unwavering dedication to precision craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail ensures that your book-inspired memorial will stand as a fitting tribute destined to endure for generations to come.

Feel free to get in touch with us to discuss your unique memorial needs.

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Explore our excellent selection of book memorials, surpassing expectations in Barry and beyond. Search now to find the ideal tribute for your beloved

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Choosing the Perfect Book Headstone

The symbolism of a book transcends cultural boundaries, representing enduring themes such as wisdom, enlightenment, and faith. Moreover, when integrated into the design of a headstone or other commemorative structure, it frequently conveys the concept of a ‘book of life.’

The popularity of tombstones shaped like books has experienced a noteworthy rise, making them a profound choice for those who wish to honour the memory of a loved one. Additionally, these book-inspired memorials often stand as a collective tribute to multiple individuals interred together.

Here at C.J. Ball, we offer a diverse array of book headstone designs for your consideration. Our skilled team of memorial artisans and designers is also at your disposal, ready to collaborate with you in creating a distinctive design that eloquently reflects the personality and passions of your dear one.

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Book Headstone Materials & Colours

Within our collection of book-shaped memorials, you’ll discover a varied assortment of materials and finishes, offering a range of colours and tones specific to each option.

Each material used in the creation of these headstones possesses unique advantages, whether in terms of visual appeal, long-lasting durability, or minimal maintenance requirements.

Popular Book Headstone Materials

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour


Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour


Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

York Stone

Avon Grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

White Marble

Star Galaxy granite cremation memorial stone colour

Portland Stone

Brown granite cremation memorial stone colour

Forest of Dean Stone

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour


Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Nabresina Stone

Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Welsh Slate

Popular Book Headstone Colours

We offer a wide range of colours and shades, although options will be dependent on the memorial material that is used.

Below you can view an indication of the various colours and shades that are available in our granite and natural stone materials.

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour


Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Light Grey

Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Dark Grey

Avon Grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Avon Grey

Star Galaxy granite cremation memorial stone colour

Star Galaxy

Brown granite cremation memorial stone colour


Bahama Blue granite cremation memorial stone colour

Bahama Blue

Blue Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Blue Pearl

Ruby Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ruby Red

Balmoral Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Balmoral Red

Twilight Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Twilight Red

Teak granite cremation memorial stone colour


Pink granite cremation memorial stone colour


Emerald Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Emerald Pearl

Fir Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Fir Green

Imperial Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Imperial Green

Ocean Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ocean Green

Tropical Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Tropical Green

Yellow York Stone cremation memorial stone colour

Yellow (York Stone)

White sandstone cremation memorial stone colour


White Marble cremation memorial stone colour

White Marble

Contact Us

For any queries about our book headstones please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.


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Fine-Craft Etching

for Book Headstones

Elevate the presence of a book headstone by embellishing it with carefully crafted etchings featuring images or photographs. This infusion adds character, personality, and an unmatched sense of uniqueness.

Welsh three feathers symbol as a fine craft etching on a black granite stone cremation memorial

Why choose us

for your Upright Headstone

  • Established memorial masons since 1929
  • Ability to create bespoke memorials with unrivalled craftsmanship
  • Nearly 100 years of industry experience
  • The C.J. Ball 30 year memorial guarantee
  • The C.J. Ball price promise
  • Fully accredited by BRAMM
  • A remarkable selection of colours, materials & styles
  • The Memorial Aftercare® service
  • Available home visit service
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Following the meticulous design and craftsmanship by our highly skilled memorial stonemasons, the next crucial step involves the expert installation of your book headstone at your chosen burial site.

Drawing on our extensive knowledge of the cemeteries in and around Barry, we are uniquely positioned to offer expert guidance and recommendations on the most suitable types of book headstones for various cemeteries and churchyards in the South Wales area.

When you entrust us with the installation of your book headstone, you can find comfort in the assurance that your chosen memorial will be installed with the utmost precision and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to us.

Welsh three feathers symbol as a fine craft etching on a black granite stone cremation memorial


The CJ Ball & Son Services

Memorial Insurance

We offer our customers a low price memorial insurance service called Stoneguard, which is an all-risk policy that covers your memorial in case of damage.

Memorial Aftercare©

We ensure that memorials are always kept tidy and protected against natural pollutants and weathering, giving you peace of mind.

Memorial Restoration

Our team of experienced memorial masons are experts in the restoration of memorials, using gentle yet efficient techniques, all at a fair price.

Home Visit

Our local advisors’ unique experience in memorials provides us with the knowledge to help you find the perfect commemoration for your loved ones.

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Book Headstone


What Is The Best Material For A Headstone?

Selecting the ideal material for your headstone depends on various factors, such as the style, lettering, carving specifications, colour, texture, and location. Our memorial stonemasonry company offers a wide selection of popular headstone materials, including granite, slate, limestone, york stone, and more. For those looking for a book headstone in a specific colour, granite material is often the best option due to its vast range of colours and shades. However, it’s essential to check if your cemetery has any regulations regarding the acceptable headstone colours.

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Memorial Stonemason?

When searching for a reliable memorial stonemason, there are several important factors to consider. It’s crucial to assess their experience in monumental stonemasonry, any accreditations they may have, their level of craftsmanship, product quality, and familiarity with the cemetery where the headstone will be placed. Equally essential is feeling comfortable working with the stonemasons to design and create the perfect memorial for your loved one.

It’s worth noting that most memorial stonemasons require a deposit upon placing an order. Therefore, it’s essential to have confidence in the stonemasons’ ability to complete the work and remain in business to avoid losing your deposit. Opting for an established memorial mason directly, rather than going through a middleman like a funeral director, can also help avoid additional costs.

Ultimately, selecting a reputable and well-established memorial stonemason will ensure peace of mind and guarantee that your loved one’s memorial is crafted to the highest standard.

Can You Help Me Choose A Book Headstone?

We are more than happy to discuss all of your options in detail to assist you in making a decision about which book-shaped headstone would best suit your needs. Our team can walk you through the advantages of various materials, present you with a selection of book styles and designs that meet your specifications, and explain the variety of engraving and detailing possibilities that are accessible for each specific headstone.

Can You Help Me Choose An Upright Headstone?

We would be delighted to have a thorough conversation with you regarding your options, to help you decide which upright headstone would be the most suitable for your requirements. Our team can guide you through the benefits of different materials, showcase various vertical memorial styles and designs that align with your preferences, and clarify the range of engraving and detailing options that are available for each individual headstone.

Are Book Headstones Available In Different Colours?

Certainly, we offer a range of colours for our book-shaped headstones, including a variety of colours and shades in our granite material. Choosing a coloured book headstone can be a personal way to honour and remember a loved one, perhaps by crafting the memorial in a granite of their favourite colour or as a way to add a touch of uniqueness to their tribute.

However, it’s important to note that cemeteries and churchyards may have specific regulations regarding the colours of headstones allowed on their grounds. We recommend checking with the cemetery or churchyard before making a final decision on the colour of your book headstone.

How Long Should I Wait Before Getting A Book Headstone?

Selecting a headstone to memorialise a loved one can be an emotionally challenging task. Therefore, we suggest taking ample time to carefully consider your options and ensure that you are creating a tribute that appropriately honours their life. There is no definitive timeline for making this decision, and we encourage you to take as much time as you need to arrive at a choice that feels right for you and your family.

To ensure the stability of the headstone and to prevent any potential damage, it is generally recommended by cemeteries to wait for 6-12 months after the burial before erecting a headstone. This allows the ground to settle properly and minimises the risk of the headstone sinking or tilting over time. It is always advisable to check with the specific cemetery you plan to use for any regulations or guidelines they may have regarding headstone installation.

The length of time you have to wait before installing a memorial can vary depending on the cemetery and the type of memorial you choose. For example, some cemeteries may require the aforementioned waiting period of 6-12 months before allowing a headstone to be installed, while the same cemetery may permit the installation of a cremation memorial immediately.

If you’re unsure about the specific requirements of a cemetery in Newport or nearby areas, our knowledgeable and experienced staff can offer advice and guidance to help you navigate the process.

Ultimately, the decision of when to install a headstone on a grave is a personal one and there is no prescribed time frame. It’s important to take the time you need to feel ready to honour your loved one in the way that feels most appropriate to you – time can usually better help you decide on the book headstone itself as well as the engraved inscription.

Can I Choose A Book Headstone Design That Isn’t In Your Brochure?

In most cases, yes, we can create a bespoke book headstone design to meet your specific requirements. Our memorial stonemasons are highly skilled and experienced, so if you provide us with an image or description of the design you have in mind, we will do our best to help. We understand that book shaped headstones are a popular choice and you may want a unique design that stands out or a replica of a book headstone you saw and admired elsewhere.

How Long Does It Take To Make A Book Headstone?

Creating a headstone, whether in the shape of a book or any other design, and engraving its inscription requires a great deal of skill. As a result, it can take some time to complete your book headstone order, typically several weeks or even months. The exact timeframe will depend on the current demand of things such as existing orders and stone materials, so we recommend asking for an up-to-date estimated lead time when placing your order to get a more accurate answer.

Can I Add Something To A Book Headstone?

Without a doubt, you can make alterations or additions to an already existing book headstone. These modifications might include adding a unique design, an engraved feature, or an additional inscription with a different font or text. We would be honoured to have a conversation with you about your preferences and offer details about the available amendments that can be made to the headstone.

What Is The Average Cost Of A Book Headstone?

It’s challenging to estimate the cost of a headstone, regardless of whether it is a simple upright design or something more bespoke. This is due to the fact that every headstone is unique, and the price is determined by various factors such as size, inscription, type of headstone, and ever-changing material costs, rather than just the labour required to craft it. To obtain an accurate quote, we suggest speaking with a representative who can consider your specific requirements at the time.

Nevertheless, we guarantee that our prices are highly competitive, and we provide a price promise. If you discover a product of comparable quality from a recognised and reputable local memorial mason or funeral director at a lower cost, we will offer a discount on the price.

Do You Offer A Guarantee With Your Book Headstones?

Certainly, all of our book headstones as well as any other type of memorial come with our 30-year guarantee.

Do You Hold Any Memorial Accreditation?

Yes, we are BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) approved, and a registered and fully licensed memorial mason with over 100 years industry experience having first established ourselves way back in 1920.

Can I View Proofs Of The Book Headstone?

We can provide you with proofs of the book headstone design for your approval before moving forward with the creation process. If you are not satisfied with the initial design, we can make adjustments to the layout or style to better suit your preferences.

Do You Ship Upright Book Orders Overseas?

We have experience in shipping memorials overseas, but it’s important to note that there are additional expenses involved. These may include specialised packaging, insurance, and taxes or fees.