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From Pakistan to Preston


Artificially created silk is also known as rayon, from the French word for ray, bright, or beaming. In 1905 Courtaulds, based in Britain, was the first company in the world to create commercial viscose and they manufactured it here in Lancashire.The social context of Lancashire people making things, including my clog-wearing grandmothers who wove cotton for years in the same mill, connects us to our heritage. Set in the 1970s and the present-day, the novel ‘From Pakistan to Preston’ celebrates the region’s distant past in cotton as well as more recent stories of people born here A.T.Boyle- a father & daughter collaboration- tell a story set in this industry.
Publishing Details:
Artificial Silk, 2012

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