Pre-Order My Book! The Butchering Art

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I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for the US edition of my forthcoming book, THE BUTCHERING ART, which will be published by FSG on October 17th.

The book delves into the grisly world of Victorian surgery and transports the reader to a period when a broken leg could result in amputation, when giving birth in a squalid hospital was extraordinarily dangerous, and when a minor injury could lead to a miserable death. Surgeons—lauded for their brute strength and quick knives—rarely washed their hands or their instruments, and carried with them a cadaverous smell of rotting flesh, which those in the profession cheerfully referred to as “good old hospital stink.” At a time when surgery couldn’t have been more dangerous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: Joseph Lister, a young, melancholic Quaker surgeon. By making the audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection—and could be treated with antiseptics—he changed the history of surgery forever.

Many of you have been devoted readers of my blog since its inception in 2010, and I can’t thank you enough for your continued interest in my work. Writing a book has been the next logical step for a very long time. The idea of telling this particular story arose during a very difficult period in my life when my writing career was at risk. It is therefore with great pride (and some trepidation) that I am turning this book loose into the world, and humbly ask you to consider pre-ordering it. All pre-orders count towards first-week sales once THE BUTCHERING ART is released, and therefore give me a greater chance of securing a place on bestseller lists in October. I would be hugely grateful for your support.

Pre-order from any one of these vendors using the links below:

*Please note that THE BUTCHERING ART will also be published by Penguin in the United Kingdom, as well as several other publishers around the world. I’ll be revealing covers for these foreign editions in the coming months, along with information on where to buy a copy.

Under The Knife – Episode 1: The Clockwork Saw

In the first episode of Under The Knife, I discuss the clockwork saw–a 19th-century medical instrument which failed on a massive scale. Make sure you watch to the very end as we have a few little surprises in store for you!

If you enjoy the video, please remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for updates. When we hit 1,000 subscribers, we’ll be raffling off the googly eyeball from the title sequence of the series! And really… who wouldn’t want to own this?!

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Under the Knife – Sneak Peek!

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In my new YouTube series, Under the Knife, I will take you on journey into a curious past—one which is riddled with blood-sucking leeches, spring-loaded knives and rotting corpses. Together, we will visit a world where surgeons and executioners share a common goal; where colluding with murderers and thieves is a pre-requisite for gaining entrance into the dissection theater; and where ‘well-bred’ families are horrified at the thought of one of their own becoming a surgeon.

Thanks to the inexhaustible efforts of my talented friend, Alex Anstey, I’m thrilled to release the opener to Under the Knife. I know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for me to unveil this project. I hope you’ll agree it’s been worth the wait!

Please remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you can receive updates when we post new videos. The first episode will be released once I hit my goal on Patreon – so kindly consider supporting my content.

Most importantly, please tweet, post and share this video so we can get people buzzing about Under the Knife! My friends and I can’t wait to show you more!

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