I’ll have a full review of this in a month or so, but if you want to read a suspenseful historical novel about one of the world’s greatest tech start ups, keep an eye out for this one. Three starred advance reviews so far and they all sound like this:
Christie masterfully depicts the time and energy required to print the first Bibles…all against a catastrophic backdrop of plague, the fall of Constantinople, the violent superstitions of the peasantry, and a vested intelligentsia fearing the press would generate ‘crude words crudely wrought…smut and prophecy, the ranting of anarchists and antichrists…’ A bravura debut.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
The author is both a journalist and letterpress printer and her blog on the book includes an excerpt from the novel as well as a ton of interesting information on letterpress printing and some observations on her own publishing process.
Plus she made this cool little letterpress-printed postcard and I’ve got a soft spot for artisan bling. 🙂
Gutenberg’s Apprentice (9780062336019) by Alix Christie. $27.99 hardcover. 9/23/14 on sale.