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

Just what goes into the making of a book? Keith Houston explores the fascinating history of the illuminated manuscript and travels to the windswept coasts of Ireland - the home of the rebirth of this mysterious artform.

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 papyrus, parchment and paper to the history of the illuminated manuscript. 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.

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