The Madman's Library By Edward Brooke-hitching

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0120210712Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination, leading to a unique journey through the entire history of literature, delving into its darkest territories to hunt down the very strangest books ever written, and uncover the stories behind their creation.

This is a madman’s library of eccentric and extraordinary volumes from around the world, many of which have been completely forgotten. Books written in blood and books that kill, books of the insane and books that hoaxed the globe, books invisible to the naked eye and books so long they could destroy the Universe, books worn into battle, books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered… and a few others that are just plain weird.

Abridged by Polly Coles

Reader: Arty Froushan

Produced by Clive Brill.

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4

Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination.

0220210713Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination, leading to a unique journey through the entire history of literature, delving into its darkest territories to hunt down the very strangest books ever written, and uncover the stories behind their creation.

This is a madman’s library of eccentric and extraordinary volumes from around the world, many of which have been completely forgotten. Books written in blood and books that kill, books of the insane and books that hoaxed the globe, books invisible to the naked eye and books so long they could destroy the Universe, books worn into battle, books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered… and a few others that are just plain weird.

Abridged by Polly Coles

Reader: Arty Froushan

Produced by Clive Brill.

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4

Books can be bound with the strangest things. Including human skin.

Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination.

0320210714Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination, leading to a unique journey through the entire history of literature, delving into its darkest territories to hunt down the very strangest books ever written, and uncover the stories behind their creation.

This is a madman’s library of eccentric and extraordinary volumes from around the world, many of which have been completely forgotten. Books written in blood and books that kill, books of the insane and books that hoaxed the globe, books invisible to the naked eye and books so long they could destroy the Universe, books worn into battle, books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered… and a few others that are just plain weird.

Abridged by Polly Coles

Reader: Arty Froushan

Produced by Clive Brill.

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4

Literary hoaxes, lexicons, phrasebooks and the birth of the encyclopaedia.

Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination.

0420210715Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination, leading to a unique journey through the entire history of literature, delving into its darkest territories to hunt down the very strangest books ever written, and uncover the stories behind their creation.

This is a madman’s library of eccentric and extraordinary volumes from around the world, many of which have been completely forgotten. Books written in blood and books that kill, books of the insane and books that hoaxed the globe, books invisible to the naked eye and books so long they could destroy the Universe, books worn into battle, books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered… and a few others that are just plain weird.

Abridged by Polly Coles

Reader: Arty Froushan

Produced by Clive Brill.

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4

Bibles, magic texts and the Grand Grimoire - a guide to summoning a prime minister of hell

Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination.

0520210716Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination, leading to a unique journey through the entire history of literature, delving into its darkest territories to hunt down the very strangest books ever written, and uncover the stories behind their creation.

This is a madman’s library of eccentric and extraordinary volumes from around the world, many of which have been completely forgotten. Books written in blood and books that kill, books of the insane and books that hoaxed the globe, books invisible to the naked eye and books so long they could destroy the Universe, books worn into battle, books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered… and a few others that are just plain weird.

Abridged by Polly Coles

Reader: Arty Froushan

Produced by Clive Brill.

A Brill production for BBC Radio 4

The proliferation of Prodigy" books and the first book to detail insects - Micrographia.

Edward Brooke-Hitching's father was an antiquarian book dealer. So began his fascination."