There are currently two books available from Artificial Silk, in printed and eBook formats.

The Typing Man story was shortlisted from over 2,000 submissions to Mslexia’s fiction competition.
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from Pakistan to Preston is a novel co-written by a daughter and father team. It is a love story set against the backdrop of textile manufacturing in the North.
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The Typing Man printed book
ISBN: 978-0-9573241-2-1

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In addition to the usual outlets, you can buy copies of the book directly from The Bluecoat arts centre, Liverpool L1 3BX.

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from Pakistan to Preston printed book
ISBN: 978-0-9573241-0-7

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Or click here  to order using a form and to pay by cheque.

In addition to the usual outlets, you can buy copies directly from the People’s History Museum in Salford and the community bookshop News From Nowhere in Liverpool.

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The Typing Man e-book Cover-Typing-Man-small-197x255
ISBN: 978-0-9573241-3-8
You could be reading The Typing Man on your e-reading device, phone, tablet, or computer in just a minute or two. To buy the book for Kindle, visit our Amazon page here.

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from Pakistan to Preston e-book 
ISBN: 978-0-9573241-1-4

To buy the book for Kindle, visit our Amazon page here.





Our first book and eBook was the novel from Pakistan to Preston.

Co-written by daughter and father team Alison and Terry Boyle, the fictional love story was inspired by Northern textile tales.

Research into the North’s textile industry grew into a four-month exhibition at the People’s History Museum in Salford from autumn 2014 to early 2015.

This is a novel which operates on two levels: it is both a lyrical and historical description of the now defunct artificial silk industry in Preston, while at the same time charting the rocky progress of a mixed race relationship between Tommy O’Reilly and Sunehri Saleem. The relationship, of necessity, is secret from both the mill-workers and their respective families, so their snatched moments of privacy are largely spent trying to understand each other’s different cultural backgrounds. These exchanges between them are the strength of the novel, especially where Tommy struggles manfully to learn Urdu phrases from Sunehri. The story also features a host of minor characters, mill workers and family members, which brings alive the sounds and accents of Lancashire and Pakistan.
Irish Examiner, 13th October 2012

I confess that I couldn’t put the book down once opened and I hope for a sequel.
Nigel Barlow

A story of love and longing is interwoven into the narrative, between Sunehri and Tommy, poignant and tentative, you grow to love the characters, their dreams and desires, that helps the narrative rattle on, so you can’t put the book down until the very end.
Jules in Manchester

The story comes directly from the workers, their terraced houses and lives, in their dialects, and with their conventions and habits. But it is not a conventional story of cultures clashing, petty racism and bigoted attitudes. Instead, we find confusions and humour and struggles to understand, and, above all, love, which makes the story universal.
Steve Davidson

In this delightful novel, the making of artificial silk is the background to a burgeoning love story. The processes involved in the manufacture of what was then a pioneering product reflect the changes taking place in society – the difficult but inevitable acceptance of new ideas, with all the setbacks and leaps of imagination along the way. A most enjoyable read.
Sandra Horn


Our second book and eBook The Typing Man launched with a dramatised book signing in Turkish and English in October 2013. Creative letter writing workshops with community members from toddlers to retired people were held at Liverpool Central Library and the Bluecoat. Actors from Liverpool Hope University promenaded with L1 Saturday shoppers to trailblaze the theatrical performances.

This is a beautifully drawn story. I found it an intriguing glance into an unknown existence. The Turkish square is brought to life with delicate, descriptive touches and I find myself longing for a collection of stories about all the characters.
Jonny Worsey

This is an unusual love story of sorts with mysterious incidents and a great cameo from Fazıl the dog. This short story has a film-like quality and I imagined some of the text within a film becoming the voiceover of one of the main characters, Aziz. I was curious about how Aziz would sound in Turkish, and it’s great that bilingual readers will be able to experience both versions. The glossary information at the back is fascinating. I was less sure, referring to the Author’s Intentions section, that Aziz is ‘the focus of the story.’ What about readers’ other interpretations? Could one of the other characters – including Fazıl the dog – be at the centre of the tale. Lots of food for thought, and a beautiful cover design.

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