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Tracy Chevalier's A SINGLE THREAD

Updated: Aug 28, 2019


Single and still living at home Violet Speedwell is one of the ‘surplus women’ destined to become an old maid after WW1. With not enough men to go around the prospects for Violet are grim but she is determined to make her life her own despite her mother’s histrionics. When she surprises everyone by leaving home and finding herself a job in Winchester she quickly realises being a woman alone in the world is going to require some bravado. By chance she joins an embroidery group who make tapestries for the great Cathedral itself. The Cathedral Broderers are not a group of meek women doing women’s work however and they are about to teach Violet that independence is there if only she is willing to risk everything.


Thoroughly researched, A Single Thread, is a story of women, embroidery, rebellion and living life on your own terms. I would recommend also reading the fantastic Threads of Life by Claire Hunter, which examines embroidery as a medium of protest, for a fascinating background to the history of embroidery.



Title: A Single Thread

Author: Tracy Chevalier

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 9780008153823

Length: 221.0 millimetre

Width: 153.0 millimetre

Languages: English

Format: PaperBack

Category: Historical fiction

Publication Date: 01/09/2019

Weight: 270.0 gram

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