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The Golden Thread

How Fabric Changed History

Author: Kassia St Clair

Publisher: Hachette UK

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Category: History

Page: 336

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** A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK ** 'Fascinating . . . The history of the world through the eye of a needle . . . I recommend this book to anyone' THE SPECTATOR 'A charming, absorbing and history that takes us on a journey from the silk roads to sportswear, from ruffs to spacesuits . . . I devoured this quietly feminist book' SUNDAY TIMES 'Joyful and beautiful' NATURE 'Will make you rethink your relationship with fabric' ELLE DECORATION All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity. When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows you how -- and why. With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts. Running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.

The Bookseller

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Robert Desnos, Surrealism, and the Marvelous in Everyday Life

Author: Katharine Conley

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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He stayed with the official surrealist movement in Paris for only six years but was pivotal during that time in shaping the surrealist notion of "transforming the world" through radical experiments with language and art, After leaving the group, Desnos continued his career of radio broadcasting and writing for commercials.

A Jury Of Her Peers

American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx

Author: Elaine Showalter

Publisher: Hachette UK

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 640

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Fascinating, incisive, intelligent and never afraid of being controversial, Elaine Showalter introduces us to more than 250 writers. Here are the famous and expected names, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Willa Cather, Dorothy Parker, Flannery O'Connor, Gwendolyn Brooks, Grace Paley, Toni Morrison, and Jodi Picoult. And also many successful and acclaimed yet little-known writers, from the early American bestselling novelist Catherine Sedgwick to the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Susan Glaspell. A JURY OF HER PEERS is an irresistible invitation to discover great authors never before encountered and to return to familiar books with a deeper appreciation. It is a monumental work that enriches our understanding of American literary history and culture.

Radio Times

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Constant Lambert

Beyond the Rio Grande

Author: Stephen Lloyd

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

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Category: Music

Page: 584

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An indispensable biography for anyone interested in Constant Lambert, ballet and British musical life in the first part of the twentieth century.

The General Evening Post

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Theorizing Black Feminisms

The Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women

Author: Abena P. A. Busia

Publisher: Routledge

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Boys' Life

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Page: 64

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Boys' Life is the official youth magazine for the Boy Scouts of America. Published since 1911, it contains a proven mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.

The Ultimate Metallica

Author: Ross Halfin

Publisher: Chronicle Books

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Category: Music

Page: 232

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This book is a powerful and definitive collection of images and text and a must have for the fans of Metallica around the world.

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