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Makers of Many Things

by Eva March Tappan

The little friction match -- About india rubber -- "Kid" gloves -- How rags and trees become paper -- How books are made -- From goose quill to fountain pens and lead pencils -- The dishes on our tables -- How the wheels of a watch go around -- The making of shoes -- In the cotton mill -- Silkworms and their work.

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Author of the Day

Alexander McNabb
When Alexander McNabb stopped smoking, he had to find something constructive to do with his hands - so he started writing. His debut novel Olives - A Violent Romance, sparked a lot of controversy in the Middle East because of his use of common family names and because it contained themes such as drinking alcohol, sex before marriage etc. So he followed it with Beirut, in which there’s booze aplenty, sex, gambling, murder, violence and general mayhem. As our Author of the Day, McNabb chats about his love for the Middle East, why his books always deal with politics, democratic values and religion and reveals what music he listens to while writing.
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