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Author: Kassia St. Clair Narrator: Helen Johns Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2019 ISBN: 9781684575084
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The bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Color returns with this rollicking narrative of the 30,000-year history of fabric, briskly told through thirteen charismatic episodes.

From colorful 30,000-year-old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to the Indian calicoes that sparked the Industrial Revolution, The Golden Thread weaves an illuminating story of human ingenuity. Design journalist Kassia St. Clair guides us through the technological advancements and cultural customs that would redefine human civilization—from the fabric that allowed mankind to achieve extraordinary things (traverse the oceans and shatter athletic records) and survive in unlikely places (outer space and the South Pole). She peoples her story with a motley cast of characters, including Xiling, the ancient Chinese empress credited with inventing silk, to Richard the Lionhearted and Bing Crosby. Offering insights into the economic and social dimensions of clothmaking—and countering the enduring, often demeaning, association of textiles as "merely women's work"—The Golden Thread offers an alternative guide to our past, present, and future. Download and start listening now!

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About the Narrator

Helen Johns has worked for many publishers across a wide range of genres. Her credits include the sci-fi thriller Forever Watch, the period pieces Love & Friendship, Sophie & The Sybil, and Elephant Moon, and the children’s book Just Josie. She brings detailed research, diverse characters, and intelligent narration to her work.