Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Bound by Sue Doggett

“Among these courtiers with their jewels and elaborate hats he has looked in vain for his own face. Perhaps he is somewhere else, plotting: a snapped skein, a broken end, an intractable knot of threads.” 

The richness and pomp of the court is reflected in the beaded spine, embroidered board covering and clasps which suggest the highly decorative Tudor cloth bindings or books of common prayer popular in the sixteenth century. A semi-transparent covering of scarlet organza wrapped around each board changes colour when handled and alternately reveals and conceals that which lies underneath. Folded, pierced and embroidered end leaves evoke wood panelled wall-covering or ‘the little panes which distort and cloud’.