The ink was as black as heavens vault the letters sharp and gripping he stared transfixed in their austerity their density the letters made a page of extraordinary beauty. I picked up gutenbergs apprentice because as a booklover and having watched countless times in amazement as a modern press pumps out daily newspapers i am fascinated with the printing process and how books and other printed materials are created. As the cathedral city of the highest ranking archbishop in the holy roman empire covering present day germany austria switzerland and parts of hungary and the czech republic mainz pronounced mynts was a power center of the late medieval world. Brilliantly observed detail her characters are engaging the world as beautifully crafted as one of gutenbergs hot metal letters and the themes more relevant now than ever naomi alderman author of the power. An enthralling literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history the birth of printing in medieval germany a story of invention intrigue and betrayal rich in atmosphere and historical detail told through the lives of the three men who made it possible
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