THEIR DARKEST MATERIALS – out now!

So freaking good. Amazing amount of research went into this book. Highly recommended.

Our latest book, ‘Their Darkest Materials’ is on sale here:

‘Their Darkest Materials’, Pretty Baa Lambs Press, February, 2020

It is A5 format and 232 pages of gory goodness; made in Yorkshire, printed in Suffolk.

Here’s just a handful of our 5 star reviews:

This is a fascinating book that’s well told. An absorbing read.

This book is a fascinating and well-researched look into an esoteric and little-studied corner of textile history. I devoured it in two days and then gave it pride of place among my textile history books. If you like textile history, 19th century British history, and/or true crime you should pick up this book ASAP.

I started work on it accidentally, around 2011, when researching other work – I kept finding ace stories I couldn’t use, there. Inbetween other things, we’ve spent the past several years travelling around, visiting archives and some of the sites mentioned in the book, putting this together.

Beautiful book to look at and handle–you can really see the effort that went into the design and illustrations. The content is, naturally, as well-written and interesting as I expected.

If you enjoy the gothic – or material culture – this book is for you. Tales of murder with knitters as the victims, or knitting as evidence; tales of grim and less grim textile-related deaths; tales of long forgotten people who sometimes paid with their lives (or sanity) so others could enjoy beautiful, new dyes, or carpets, or stunning Paisley shawls…

Those of you who have already seen our rip-roaring, Dickensian ‘Darkest Materials’ talks – know you’re in for a gripping journey through nineteenth century asylums, debtors’ prisons, charity schools, Regency pubs and markets, workhouse toilets and small-town waxwork exhibitions where the exhibits wore dead men (and women’s) clothes. And please do enquire if you run a history/genealogy or craft group who would like to book us for our talk. Think ‘horrible history’ for grown ups crossed with grand guinol Dickensian nineteenth century amateur dramatics…

…Just received my copy of ‘Their Dark Materials’. Can’t wait to get curled up in a big chair with it. Read just a few pages so far and I’m already transported back a couple of centuries…

Find out which Victorian novelist’s mauve ribbon was trapped in her coffin lid. And visit Rosemary Lane, London, with a less well known husband and wife team who emulated Burke and Hare; selling their victims’ bodies to surgeons and their victims’ clothing on the Rag Fair market. Watch a farmer’s wife knit a blue worsted stocking on the morning of her murder and find out how her knitting helped catch the killer. Read about the two women conned by a dashing dragoon – who killed the older woman and asked the younger one to complete her half knitted stocking…

https://www.etsy.com/shop/hemingwayandhunt

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