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A Single Thread

by Tracy Chevalier

Family Drama Historical Fiction Relationship Stories

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A lovely, gentle exploration of a bygone time, yet there is a quiet strength to this compelling read. It is also one of those books that just may surprise you. Violet Speedwell, still suffering the loss of both her fiancé and brother in the First World War, moves to Winchester in search of a new life. Canvas embroidery, bellringing, the surplus of women after the war, expectations and the judgement of society, all sit alongside each other as Violet explores new thoughts and feelings. Tracy Chevalier writes with true eloquence, the descriptions bloom, the characters sing, and she allows you to ponder, to consider. Notes of caution and unease pierce the tale, with occasional moments of biting intensity. Violet is fascinating, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her. In the acknowledgements I found out about the character who actually did exist, and I now want to explore Winchester Cathedral. Expressive and beautifully readable, A Single Thread is an engaging and rewarding tale.

Liz Robinson

A Single Thread Synopsis

Violet is 38.

The First World War took everything from her. Her brother, her fiance - and her future. She is now considered a 'surplus woman'.

But Violet is also fiercely independent and determined. Escaping her suffocating mother, she moves to Winchester to start a new life -a change that will require courage, resilience and acts of quiet rebellion. And when whispers of another world war surface, she must live with a secret that could change everything...

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A Single Thread Press Reviews

Praise for A Single Thread:

'Bittersweet ... dazzling' Guardian

'Tracy Chevalier shows once again her ability to illuminate ordinary lives and to pay attention to those most often ignored ... movingly examines hidden depths beneath quiet exteriors' Sunday Times

'Writing with quiet but devastating empathy, Tracy Chevalier pinpoints Violet's predicament as a single woman, her unexpected emotional crisis and her struggle to give her life depth and meaning. I loved it' Daily Mail

'A well-woven story of love ... Chevalier has such a sure eye for details, whether she is describing the loveliness of the cathedral or the dismal interior of a 1930s boarding house. Reading this is deeply pleasurable' The Times

'I enjoyed A Single Thread enormously. Tracy Chevalier wonderfully evokes the social climate of the nineteen thirties - this is the intriguing story of a young woman facing the conventions and prejudices of the day, told with a wealth of detail and narrative intensity' Penelope Lively

'Tracy Chevalier's quietly moving story of a woman finding freedom in the 1930s is a gem' Stylist

'Evocative and beautifully written' Sunday Express S Magazine

'I loved it. So compelling and warm and subtle, and very moving' Bridget Collins, author of The Binding

'Evocative, beautifully written' Daily Mirror

'Beautifully written ... utterly immersive' Red

'Atmospheric ... wonderful' Good Housekeeping

'I loved it! Enchanting and full of hope. Absolutely needed in this political climate' Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions

'A fierce and moving book about the great courage of a small life' Sadie Jones

'It's a chance encounter that sets Violet on an unexpectedly rewarding path in this pleasant, leisurely paced novel' i Paper

'Absorbing, empathetic, poignant' Daily Mail

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ISBN: 9780008153847
Publication date: 29/10/2020
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008153816
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008153847
Publication date: 29th October 2020
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction,

About Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the author of six previous novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Virgin Blue, Falling Angels, The Lady and the Unicorn, Burning Bright and Remarkable Creatures. Born in Washington, DC, she moved to London in 1984, where she lives with her husband and son. The film of Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth as Vermeer, was released in the UK in January. It was nominated for 10 BAFTAs and two Academy Awards. Photograph © Eammon McCabe

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