Archaeologist and BBC presenter Alex Langlands is writing a book arguing that making things is good for the soul.
Walter Donohue at Faber & Faber commissioned Cræft, spelt the Anglo-Saxon way, in a deal with Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh.
Langlands has presented programmes for the BBC including “Victorian Farm”.
Cræft is Langlands’ first book. The title emphasises the original meaning of craft as referring to cunning or intelligence.
In Cræft, Langlands, an academic, will argue that making things oneself is good for the soul, “reconnecting us with the physical, and taking the reader through centuries’ of tried and tested techniques, many of which have now been forgotten”.
The book will be published in June 2016.