Watching the Book Being Printed

In advance of the book’s September publication, author Thomas Harding and his editor, Tom Avery, took a trip to Clays in Bungay to watch the book roll off the presses.

It was a fascinating day out. Clays told us they print over 3 million books each week.

Thomas checks out the blocks

Thomas checks out the blocks

 While we were there we saw some of the world's top authors printed. We promised not to tell anyone what we saw (though the presses did seem to be very busy with JK Rowling's new book!). 

Most exciting, of course, was seeing my book being printed. By the time we arrived the plates had already been made. the pages printed and formed into blocks. We were able to see the cases being put onto the blocks  , the cover folded around the case and then the belly band being added. 

 

Tom checks final book

Tom checks final book

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Click here to see Windmill Books page on Tom and Thomas's visit to the printing process.