What research did you do for ‘The Butchering Art’?
I relied on both primary and secondary research when writing ‘The Butchering Art’. Most of my sources came from libraries and collections around Britain. A large number of Joseph Lister’s case notes and letters are housed at the Wellcome Library and the Royal College of Surgeons in London.
As this was meant to be a popular history (rather than an academic history), I spent much of my time figuring out what material to discard when writing the book so that the narrative was accessible, fast-paced and entertaining. As a result, the book is not a complete biography of Joseph Lister, but rather a snapshot into his most formative years as he was developing his antiseptic techniques.