Granta buys history of wool

Rights - NonFiction Friday, 19 May 2017

This Golden Fleece: A Very British History of Wool signed after auction

Bella Lacey, editorial director of Granta Books, has won world rights to This Golden Fleece: A Very British History of Wool by Fife-based writer Esther Rutter in a two-way auction, from Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates.

According to the acquisition statement: 'This Golden Fleece tells the story of Britain’s long love affair with wool, and its influence on our history, landscape, and culture. Esther Rutter - who grew up on a sheep farm in Suffolk, and learned to spin, weave and knit as a child - travels the length of the British Isles from Shetland to the West Country, unearthing fascinating histories of communities shaped by the wool trade.

'Along the way, she makes garments connected to those places - a pair of gloves, a scarf, socks, a fisherman’s jumper, a blanket - reminding us of the value of local craft and our long and complex relationship with wool.'

Bella Lacey said: "I’ve been captivated by Esther Rutter’s absorbing history of wool and her intimate, inspiring mediation of the craft and history of knitting. She’s an instinctive storyteller, with a brilliant eye for detail, and brings startling new, and forgotten, histories to the surface. I’m thrilled to be welcoming her to the Granta list."

Rutter studied English at Magdalen Oxford, where she held an academic scholarship. She has worked at the Wordsworth Trust and at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. She is currently Writer in Residence at St Andrews (2017-2020). She grew up on a sheep farm in Suffolk and now lives in Fife.

The book is scheduled for publication in autumn 2019.

Pictured: Ester Rutter (credit Chris Scott)

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