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A Single Thread is a powerful novel by worldwide best-selling author Tracy Chevalier about fighting for freedom in small ways, forging your own identity when society has forgotten you, and finding love in unexpected corners.
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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