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Gutenberg's Apprentice

Gutenberg's Apprentice
 

'Sophisticated and moving... Powerful' Sunday TimesA powerful historical novel about a young German scribe apprenticed to one of history's most extraordinary characters, Johann Gutenberg, creator of the first printed Bibles. Dramatic, colourful, historically accurate, the novel i... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781472220172
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Published 14 October 2014 by Headline Publishing Group
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Christie, Alix
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ISBN-13 9781472220172
ISBN-10 147222017X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Headline Publishing Group
Imprint Headline Review
Publication Date 14 October 2014
International Publication Date 23 September 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Christie, Alix
Category Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 239mm
Spine: 31mm
Weight 516g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Gutenberg Bible - Fiction
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 503453

Description of this Book

In the middle of the 15th century, scribe Peter Schoeffer is dismayed to be instructed by his father to give up his beloved profession of illuminating texts in Paris. Instead he is to travel to Mainz in Germany to be apprenticed to Johann Gutenberg, an entrepreneur who has invented a new process for producing books - the printing press. Working in conditions of extreme secrecy, the men employed by Gutenberg daily face new challenges both artistic and physical as they strive to create the new books to the standard required by their master. In a time of huge turmoil in Europe and around the world, Gutenberg is relentless in pursuing his dream and wooing the powerful religious leaders whose support is critical. Peter's resistance to the project slowly dissolves as he sees that, with the guidance of a scribe such as himself, the new Bibles could be as beautiful in their way as the old. Today we can see that beauty in some of our museums, but few know the astonishing tale of ambition, ruthlessness and triumph that lies behind it.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'As beautifully written as the printed pages it describes, this is an intelligent, masterful novel that immerses the reader in a fascinating historical time and place' -- Rosamund Lupton 'So rich and gorgeous it is making me dizzy' -- Lucy Mangan 'A deep, immersive recreation of a pivotal moment in history and a bold exploration of an eternal theme: the madness, rivalry, torment and ecstasy of creation' -- A. D. Miller The Economist 'Deftly chronicled ... Christie masterfully depicts the time and energy required to print the first Bibles... A bravura debut' Kirkus 'Gorgeously written... An inspiring tale of ambition, camaraderie, betrayal, and cultural transformation based on actual events and people, this wonderful novel fully inhabits its age' Booklist 'I loved this novel! Alix Christie's debut is intensely observed, so much that I felt in the dark rooms of history with the people laboring over the metal and words to bring us print, but also laboring over their own lives and love and survival' -- Susan Straight
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Alix Christie is a journalist and writer who has lived in the USA, Paris and Berlin and is now settled in London with her husband and two children. She has been a reporter and foreign correspondent for many years, and has published widely in major international media, from the Washington Post and the Guardian to the San Francisco Chronicle and Salon.com; she regularly reviews books and arts for The Economist. In the late 1990s she began writing fiction, publishing short stories in the Southwest Review and Other Voices. Gutenberg's Apprentice is her first novel. Alix spent five years researching the background to Gutenberg's Apprentice. A passionate printer herself, she brought her personal experience to her vivid descriptions of the travails of the early printers in the novel. www.gutenbergsapprentice.com

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