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A Single Thread

by Tracy Chevalier

A Single Thread Synopsis

FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING 'Bittersweet ... dazzling' Guardian 'Deeply pleasurable ... the ending made me cry' The Times 'Told with a wealth of detail and narrative intensity' Penelope Lively It is 1932, and the losses of the First World War are still keenly felt. Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fiance and her brother and regarded by society as a 'surplus woman' unlikely to marry, resolves to escape her suffocating mother and strike out alone. A new life awaits her in Winchester. Yes, it is one of draughty boarding-houses and sidelong glances at her naked ring finger from younger colleagues; but it is also a life gleaming with independence and opportunity. Violet falls in with the broderers, a disparate group of women charged with embroidering kneelers for the Cathedral, and is soon entwined in their lives and their secrets. As the almost unthinkable threat of a second Great War appears on the horizon Violet collects a few secrets of her own that could just change everything... Warm, vivid and beautifully orchestrated, A Single Thread reveals one of our finest modern writers at the peak of her powers.

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008153823
Publication date: 19th August 2019
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Publisher: The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 352 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction,

About Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the author of ten novels, including At the Edge of the Orchard, Remarkable Creatures and Girl with a Pearl Earring, an international bestseller that has sold over five million copies and won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. Born in Washington DC, in 1984 she moved to London, where she lives with her husband and son.

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