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Just what goes into the making of a book? Keith Houston explores the fascinating history of the invention of parchment. Deborah Findlay reads.

Just what goes into the making of a book? Keith Houston traces the spread of the use of skin in book manufacture and the bloody legacy of parchment - a legacy which continues today in the form of the Leather Bound Book.

This is an exploration behind the elements that go into the creation of one of life's most powerful and precious objects - 'The Book'. From the creation of parchment and paper to the the materials that we use now, this is a delightful dip into the long and often surprising history of one of the world's most important information technologies.

Written by Keith Houston
Read by Deborah Findlay
Abridged by Libby Spurrier
Produced by Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

15 minutes

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Reader Deborah Findlay
Author Keith Houston
Abridger Libby Spurrier
Producer Celia de Wolff

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  • Tue 15 May 2018 09:45
  • Wed 16 May 2018 00:30

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