A Sunday Times (UK) Ebook of the Year
Shortlisted • Society of Authors’ Somerset Maugham Award
A BBC Radio 4 Ebook of the Week

The best possible-promoting writer of The Mystery Lives of Color returns with this rollicking narrative of the 30,000-12 months historical past of material, speedily informed thru 13 charismatic episodes.

From colourful 30,000-12 months-antique threads discovered at the ground of a Georgian cave to the Indian calicoes that sparked the Business Revolution, The Golden Thread weaves an illuminating tale of human ingenuity. Layout journalist Kassia St. Clair publications us in the course of the technological improvements and cultural customs that will redefi ne human civilization―from the material that allowed mankind to succeed in ordinary issues (traverse the oceans and shatter athletic data) and live on in not going puts (outer house and the South Pole). She peoples her tale with a motley forged of characters, together with Xiling, the traditional Chinese language empress credited with inventing silk, to Richard the Lionhearted and Bing Crosby. Providing insights into the industrial and social dimensions of clothmaking―and countering the long-lasting, regularly demeaning, affiliation of textiles as “simply ladies’s paintings”―The Golden Thread provides an alternate information to our previous, provide, and long term.

8 pages of colour pictures