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A Single Thread

by Tracy Chevalier

A Single Thread Synopsis

If she was to make a mark on the world, she would have to do so in another way... `Told with a wealth of detail and narrative intensity' Penelope Lively `I loved it. So compelling and warm and subtle, and very moving' Bridget Collins `Deeply touching ... careful, beautiful' Louisa Young 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: `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 `I loved it. So compelling and warm and subtle, and very moving' Bridget Collins, author of The Binding `Beautifully written ... utterly immersive' Red `A fierce and moving book about the great courage of a small life' Sadie Jones `A deceptively quiet, deeply touching novel. Like a 20th-century Jane Austen, Chevalier draws you in with a careful, beautiful, thread, leading to new and different kinds of happiness for women to whom historical circumstance and parochial mores have not been kind' Louisa Young, author of You Left Early and My Dear I Wanted to Tell You `In these days and in this author's hands, all love is sacred. A compelling portrait of women not lost but thriving against the odds' Kirkus Reviews

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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