Gutenberg's Apprentice

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An enthralling literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth....

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"Schoeffer anchors the story, but Gutenberg flashes-megalomaniacal and duplicitous, with hair 'wild and bristling to his shoulders...beard cascad[ing]...glinting here and there like twists of wire, ' and 'glowing, canine eyes.' Christie masterfully depicts the time and energy required to print the first Bibles...A bravura debut."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Enthralling...Christie demonstrates a printer's precision...in her account of quattrocentro innovation, technology, politics, art and commerce."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Gorgeously written...dramatizes the creation of the Gutenberg Bible in a story that devotees of book history and authentic historical fiction will relish...An inspiring tale of ambition, camaraderie, betrayal, and cultural transformation based on actual events and people, this wonderful novel fully inhabits its age."--Booklist (starred review)

"Rich in historical detail...the story of the birth of the printing press is fascinating. Readers who enjoy historical fiction such as Tracy Chevalier's REMARKABLE CREATURES will enjoy this."--Library Journal

"As beautifully written as the printed pages it describes, this is an intelligent, masterful novel that immerses the reader in a fascinating historical time and place."--Rosamund Lupton, bestelling author of SISTER and AFTERWARDS

"By juxtaposing the lexicon of traditional printing with references to modern concepts like intellectual property theft, Christie spotlights intriguing parallels between 15th-century Europe and the digital media of the 21st-century world."--New York Times Book Review

"Enthralling...With the help of contemporary experts on early printing, and 15th century German history, Christie has written a compelling first novel. This is an exceptional work full of trickery, betrayal, and historical significance."--The Missourian

"GUTENBERG'S APPRENTICE is an imaginative recounting of history that, despite a 15th-century setting, reflects many of today's chief matters of concern. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the ever-changing art of publishing."--BookPage

"This ambitious but beautifully executed historical novel captures the life and times of half a millennium ago, and with the above parallels, draws us closer to today's publishing revolution."--New York Journal of Books

"I loved this novel! Alix Christie's debut is intensely observed, so much so that I felt myself in the dark rooms of history with the people laboring over the metal and words to bring us print, but also laboring over their own lives and love and survival."--Susan Straight, author of HIGHWIRE MOON, National Book Award Finalist

"In this deeply researched historical novel dramatizing the biggest invention since the wheel Christie...explores the intricacies surrounding the breakthrough of movable type and the first print run of Gutenberg Bibles in medieval Germany...Christie deftly imbues its telling with the drama and intensity it demands."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Finely atmospheric...a haunting elegy to the culture of print... One thinks of Donna Tartt's THE GOLDFINCH or Philip Roth's AMERICAN PASTORAL. Such novels of craft and specialization take a writerly delight in the most intricate details of a particular trade while spinning rich prose out of its mysterious threads."--Washington Post

"Christie masterfully depicts the time and energy required to print the first Bibles...A bravura debut."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An imaginative recounting of history that, despite a 15th-century setting, reflects many of today's chief matters of concern...a must-read for anyone interested in the ever-changing art of publishing."--BookPage

"Intrigue! Betrayal! Printing Presses!...Who knew a book about the "first Bible" could be so fascinating?"--Quivering Pen

"A remarkable, captivating work of historical fiction, "Gutenberg's Apprentice" will make anyone who reads it look at books and newer modes of communication in a different light."--Night Owl Reviews

"Riveting."--National Examiner

"A gorgeous, tremendously enjoyable historical novel...What's happening now over a couple of decades took many more years in the 1400s; you'll live there for a good while, and leave reluctantly."--Sullivan County Democrat

"A rousing and beautiful novel... It's surprising that Hollywood is yet to make a movie on Gutenberg and his press, and I hope Alix Christie's richly imagined, finely researched and intricately plotted novel is the one that gets picked to be that longwishedfor movie."--The News Today (Bangladesh)

"Alix Christie's debut novel puts a human face on the invention of the printing press and brings to the fore a little known third actor in the creation of Johannes Gutenberg's world-changing Bible."--The Economist

"Every now and then, an aspiring author explodes upon the scene in such a fashion that one is unlikely to forget her. Alix Christie not only tackled Gutenberg's Apprentice as her debut novel but managed to garner starred reviews."--HistoryWire.com

"In Christie's stellar debut, we become observers to the birth of one of the greatest inventions of man - the printing press...masterful...a highly recommended novel."--Historical Novel Society

"An enthralling literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth of printing in medieval Germany...Gutenberg's Apprentice will give you a whole new set of reasons to love that printed book in your hand."--More Than Just Magic

"Ms. Christie's book immerses the reader in mid-fifteenth-century Mainz, in its tangible details and its political climate; we feel the mood of the times. Her prose is straightforward and clean, bringing technical details to artful life."--Rosemary and Reading Glasses

"Marvelous...The best fiction published in 2014 thus far for me - highly recommended, especially if you enjoy reading about books or fine press books. You'll enjoy a rollicking good medieval tale along with learning about the process of making books."--Ephemeral Pursuits

In this deeply researched historical novel dramatizing the biggest invention since the wheel Christie...explores the intricacies surrounding the breakthrough of movable type and the first print run of Gutenberg Bibles in medieval Germany...Christie deftly imbues its telling with the drama and intensity it demands. --San Francisco Chronicle"

This ambitious but beautifully executed historical novel captures the life and times of half a millennium ago, and with the above parallels, draws us closer to today s publishing revolution. --New York Journal of Books"

Finely atmospheric a haunting elegy to the culture of print One thinks of Donna Tartt s THE GOLDFINCH or Philip Roth s AMERICAN PASTORAL. Such novels of craft and specialization take a writerly delight in the most intricate details of a particular trade while spinning rich prose out of its mysterious threads. --Washington Post"

I loved this novel! Alix Christie s debut is intensely observed, so much so that I felt myself in the dark rooms of history with the people laboring over the metal and words to bring us print, but also laboring over their own lives and love and survival. --Susan Straight, author of HIGHWIRE MOON, National Book Award Finalist"

As beautifully written as the printed pages it describes, this is an intelligent, masterful novel that immerses the reader in a fascinating historical time and place. --Rosamund Lupton, bestelling author of SISTER and AFTERWARDS"

Christie masterfully depicts the time and energy required to print the first Bibles A bravura debut. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Enthralling Christie demonstrates a printer s precision in her account of quattrocentro innovation, technology, politics, art and commerce. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

An imaginative recounting of history that, despite a 15th-century setting, reflects many of today s chief matters of concern...a must-read for anyone interested in the ever-changing art of publishing. --BookPage"

By juxtaposing the lexicon of traditional printing with references to modern concepts like intellectual property theft, Christie spotlights intriguing parallels between 15th-century Europe and the digital media of the 21st-century world. --New York Times Book Review"

Rich in historical detail the story of the birth of the printing press is fascinating. Readers who enjoy historical fiction such as Tracy Chevalier s REMARKABLE CREATURES will enjoy this. --Library Journal"

Gorgeously written...dramatizes the creation of the Gutenberg Bible in a story that devotees of book history and authentic historical fiction will relish...An inspiring tale of ambition, camaraderie, betrayal, and cultural transformation based on actual events and people, this wonderful novel fully inhabits its age. --Booklist (starred review)"

Christie has created a rich, masterful tale of the darkest art and its powerful effect on the written word. --Shelf Awareness"

Enthralling...With the help of contemporary experts on early printing, and 15th century German history, Christie has written a compelling first novel. This is an exceptional work full of trickery, betrayal, and historical significance. --The Missourian"

Intrigue! Betrayal! Printing Presses!...Who knew a book about the first Bible could be so fascinating? --Quivering Pen"

A remarkable, captivating work of historical fiction, Gutenberg s Apprentice will make anyone who reads it look at books and newer modes of communication in a different light. --Night Owl Reviews"

Riveting. --National Examiner"

A gorgeous, tremendously enjoyable historical novel What s happening now over a couple of decades took many more years in the 1400s; you ll live there for a good while, and leave reluctantly. --Sullivan County Democrat"

A rousing and beautiful novel It s surprising that Hollywood is yet to make a movie on Gutenberg and his press, and I hope Alix Christie s richly imagined, finely researched and intricately plotted novel is the one that gets picked to be that longwishedfor movie. --The News Today (Bangladesh)"

Alix Christie s debut novel puts a human face on the invention of the printing press and brings to the fore a little known third actor in the creation of Johannes Gutenberg s world-changing Bible. --The Economist"

Every now and then, an aspiring author explodes upon the scene in such a fashion that one is unlikely to forget her. Alix Christie not only tackled Gutenberg s Apprentice as her debut novel but managed to garner starred reviews. --HistoryWire.com"

In Christie s stellar debut, we become observers to the birth of one of the greatest inventions of man - the printing press masterful a highly recommended novel. --Historical Novel Society"

An enthralling literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, the birth of printing in medieval Germany Gutenberg s Apprentice will give you a whole new set of reasons to love that printed book in your hand. --More Than Just Magic"

Marvelous The best fiction published in 2014 thus far for me - highly recommended, especially if you enjoy reading about books or fine press books. You ll enjoy a rollicking good medieval tale along with learning about the process of making books. --Ephemeral Pursuits"

Ms. Christie s book immerses the reader in mid-fifteenth-century Mainz, in its tangible details and its political climate; we feel the mood of the times. Her prose is straightforward and clean, bringing technical details to artful life. --Rosemary and Reading Glasses"

"Christie has created a rich, masterful tale of "the darkest art" and its powerful effect on the written word."--Shelf Awareness

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'Sophisticated and moving... Powerful' Sunday Times; 'A lovely piece of work; finely researched and beautifully, atmospherically written' Sarah Dunant

A gripping historical novel about the men behind the invention of the Gutenberg Bible. Bringing tumultuous medieval Europe to life, GUTENBERG'S APPRENTICE is not to be missed by readers of Hilary Mantel, Peter Ackroyd and C. J. Sansom.

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