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A Single Thread - Tracy Chevalier

Paperback Published: 5th September 2019
ISBN: 9780008153823
Number Of Pages: 352

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From the globally bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

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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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

ISBN: 9780008153823
ISBN-10: 0008153825
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 5th September 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.5  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.35

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Tracy Chevalier

About the Author


Tracy Chevalier was born in October 1962 and grew up in Washington, DC, moving to England after graduating with a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio). For several years Tracy worked as a reference book editor, while writing short stories in her spare time. In 1993, Tracy quit to do an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England). Afterwards she juggled freelance editing with writing until eventually she was able to write full-time. 


Tracy now lives in London with her husband and son. Tracy has written 9 novels and edited 2 short story collections. Her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, sold 5 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson. Apart from writing, Tracy has curated three shows in art galleries/museums.

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