The Brief History of Candle-Making | Berg’s Book Club

Ok, this is a hard book to review because it’s very short. I mean, it ends on the kindle location, 291. I don’t know what that converts to page-wise but as the average seems to be a few thousand kindle locations for a 300page book, it takes a few minutes to read.

I tell you why I read this book, I’m writing a screenplay set in the industrial revolution, the protagonist’s dad is a chandler and I wanted to make sure the imagery was correct on screen. Was it helpful? A little.

I learned the different kinds of the candle and the one that would probably have been used during my story, but it didn’t go into as much detail as I hoped. There was a paragraph or two on each candle, where it came from, when it was used and how it improved lightning, so it has helped me identify that my screenplay that the candles need to look like they’re made from sperm whales. I also learned that the 1800s candles didn’t have an odour because they discarded tallow.

But I was expecting a bit more. I want to know how they processed the wax, the details of how they handmade candles. Just so I could visualise making a candle and then transfer that vision to my screenplay.

I’m not going to give a star to this book because I don’t know how to rank it. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad book because some of the information was useful but I would say that it’s worth the £1.99 only if you want a book on the basics of candle making.

So here’s something for you guys. What do you think of the draft premise for this film? Does it make you want to watch it?

Here’s the premise.

At the peak of the industrial revolution a boy faces challenges as his home and baby brother are put at risk.

Please let me know in comments, you don’t have to be a WordPress user to comment. Also, does anyone have any good books about the chandlery business that you’d recommend?

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