This Golden Fleece – A Journey Through Britain’s Knitted History

This Golden FleeceThis is the story of the knitted heritage of the British Isles and is full of fascinating histories of communities whose lives were shaped by wool. From the mill workers of the Border countries, to the English market towns built on profits of the wool trade, tradition and innovation have always intermingled in knitwear industries. This Golden Fleece is at once a meditation on the craft and history of knitting, and a fascinating exploration of wool’s influence on landscape, history and culture.


This Golden Fleece – A Journey Through Britain’s Knitted History

Signed paperback copy of This Golden Fleece (RRP £9.99). Price includes postage (£3.70, UK first-class).


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Praise for Esther Rutter and This Golden Fleece:

‘A likable guide with a good eye for a story’ (Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian)

‘Full of fascinating facts [and] captivating stories’ (Susan Flockhart, The Herald)

‘A delightful, informative account of a year of discovery [by] an engaging guide who writes beautifully and expressively.’ (Cornflower Books)

You don’t have to be a knitter to enjoy this wondrous book, although as one, I did smile through most of its pages.’ BBC Countryfile

‘An engaging and highly informative read’ Knitting Magazine

‘A beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of wool in the British Isles… A must for autumn’ Cotswold Life

‘It is the mark of a good writer that they can communicate their own fascination, and maybe even spread it, and this debut book marks her out as a non-fiction writer worth following’ —Books from Scotland

You can also follow Esther’s adventures on Instagram @thisgoldenfleece and Twitter @thisgoldfleece. 

404 Ink – Issue 4: INK! (404 Ink, 2018)

404ink cover

In 2018 Esther’s poetry was published in the fourth issue of 404 INK’s literary magazine, alongside work by Michael Pederson, Gavin Inglis and Kevin Williamson. Independent Edinburgh-based publishers 404 Ink shot to world-wide renown with the launch of their Nasty Women anthology in 2017, and have continued to blaze a glittering trail through Scotland’s publishing landscape, publishing work by writers including Helen McClory, Chris McQueer, Jason Reynolds and Jemma Reynolds.



The Book That Changed My Life (Luath, 2010)

bookchangedlifeIn 2010 the Scottish Book Trust invited writers from across Scotland to contribute to an anthology of non-fiction writing about books, published by Luath. Esther’s work was chosen to be published alongside writing by Alan Bissett, Janice  Galloway, A.L. Kennedy, Alexander McCall Smith and Michael Rosen. You can order a copy from Luath (£6.99)