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The Silver Thread by Kylie Fitzpatrick

The Silver Thread

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A beautiful, vividly written, historical murder mystery based around the lives of a group of the 30,000 convict women shipped to Australia in the 1840s. The inspiration for this story came from a 3m sq quilt, called The Rajah Quilt, created by these women and consisting of 2,815 hand sown patchworks! Weaving death, love and adventure the evocative story will transport you to the sun-baked decks of the convict ship Rajah and into the lives of these extraordinary women.


The Silver Thread by Kylie Fitzpatrick

To the disgrace of his family, an illustrious London shipping merchant has taken his own life. But his niece Rhia Mahoney believes her uncle has been murdered to conceal the secrets of his trading partners. And as she begins to investigate his death, her fears are realized when she is arrested for a crime she didn't commit. Convict Michael Kelly's sentence is almost ended, but his plans are interrupted when a woman he has known since childhood, Rhia Mahoney, arrives in Sydney harbour aboard a prison hulk. And Michael cannot allow the men who falsely imprisoned him to condemn this young woman to the same fate...


'A novel of genuine power and conviction'
The Sunday Times

'impressively researched and closely imagined. An exciting, spirited and ambitious tale'
Andrew Miller, Costa-award winning author of Pure

'Fitzpatrick's world is well-researched and many-hued, filled with references that enrich the reader's experience'
For Books Sake

About the Author

Kylie Fitzpatrick

Kylie Fitzpatrick is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and tutors on the Creative Writing degree course there. Her previous two historical novels have been published in ten languages.

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1st May 2013


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496 pages


Historical Fiction
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