The video embedded below was recorded on January 20, 2021 and made available online on January 31, 2021 by The British Library (via YouTube).
From the Video Description:
Edward Brooke-Hitching talks to TV producer and writer John Lloyd (Blackadder, QI and much more) about his new book The Madman’s Library, a journey that takes us into the darkest territories of literature, to hunt down the very strangest books ever written and uncover the fascinating stories behind their creation.
From a gorgeously decorated 15th-century lawsuit filed by the Devil against Jesus to a 605-page Qur’an written in the blood of Saddam Hussein, to the lost art of binding books with human skin, every strand of strangeness imaginable (and many inconceivable) has been unearthed. Books that hoaxed the globe and books invisible to the naked eye, books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered… and others that are just plain weird. Several have been uncovered in the British Library’s own collections.
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