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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
‘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
‘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
‘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
If she was to make a mark on the world, she would have to do so in another way...
’A well-woven story of love’ The Times
’Writing with quiet but devastating empathy’ Daily Mail
‘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 fiancé 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.
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