On 19th December 2012 I was lucky enough to visit Mackays printing factory (part of the CPI group), to see my debut novel Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love come off the press.

It was an amazing day, and I’ll be blogging about the creation of the hardback copy of Ten Things in the next couple of weeks. I also got a tour of the factory while the paperback of Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry was being printed. It was fascinating to find out what goes into making a physical book….

Here are ten moments in that journey from computer file to finished book.

1. The computer files are checked to make sure everything’s in order, and are then laid out (using a clever piece of software) in 48 page sections, which, when cut and folded, will ensure every page is in the right place...


Read about the other nine things Sarah learnt on her blog

Read an extract from the novel Ten Things I've Learnt About Love