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
Length: 221.0 millimetre
Width: 153.0 millimetre
Category: Historical fiction
Publication Date: 01/09/2019
Weight: 270.0 gram