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A Victorian sailor is the new love of my life

In Deeper than Indigo, Jenny Balfour Paul confesses to having an out-of body experience with the 19th-century adventurer and indigo hand, Thomas Machell

27 June 2015

9:00 AM

27 June 2015

9:00 AM

Deeper than Indigo: Tracing Thomas Machell, Forgotten Explorer Jenny Balfour Paul

Medina Publishing, pp.322, 22.95, ISBN: 9781909339538

Jenny Balfour Paul is an indigo dye expert. She has written two books on the subject, and lectures around the world. A librarian alerted her to the mention of the colour, and the plant it comes from, in the journals of a long-forgotten sailor and indigo hand. That day a ten-year love affair began.

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