THEIR DARKEST MATERIALS Pre-Orders coming soon!

Our latest book, ‘Their Darkest Materials’, will be available for pre-order from our Etsy shop, later this week. Look out for it! Provisional release date for buying a physical copy: 24th February. (We’re getting copies out to our fabulous Kickstarter backers, first). PDF version will also be available.

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

We’re currently about to build a website for the book, which will be separate to this blog – I’ll put up a link when it’s live. Meantime, the book will be up on Etsy and you will be able to email me to buy it direct, as well. The book will also be available as a pdf, from a couple of places and will put links up to that nearer the time. It is A5 format and 232 pages of gory goodness.

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.

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…

I’ll post again down the week when pre-orders go up. 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…

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…

Will post here and social media when the pre-order is up, in our Etsy shop, down the week:

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