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A Single Thread An immersive, moving story of a woman coming into her own at the dawn of the Second World War, from internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier1932 After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fianc , Violet Speedwell has become a surplus woman, one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving, embittered mother After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast, she saves enough to move out of her mother s place and into the town of Winchester, home to one of England s grandest cathedrals There, Violet is drawn into a society of broderers women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral, carrying on a centuries long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers.Violet finds support and community in the group, fulfillment in the work they create, and even a growing friendship with the vivacious Gilda But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren t expected to grow Told in Chevalier s glorious prose, A Single Thread is a timeless story of friendship, love, and a woman crafting her own life. Download A Single Thread – wildweaves.co.uk

Public library Books Tracy Chevalier ↠ A Single Thread↠ landscaping ↠ New Life – wildweaves.co.uk

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  1. In A Single Thread, Tracy Chevalier paints a richly detailed picture of history and social change in England in the inter war years, set in the beautiful location of Winchester, with its magnificent cathedral In a well researched character driven story, it is 1932, 38 year old Violet Speedwell is deemed to be one of the surplus women, a consequence of the huge numbers of men lost in WW1, women who are both pitied and feared She is still feeling the loss of her fiance and her brother in the w In A Single Thread, Tracy Chevalier paints a richly detailed picture of history and social change in England in the inter war years, set in the beautiful location of Winchester, with its magnificent cathedral In a well researched character driven story, it is 1932, 38 year old Violet Speedwell is deemed to be one of the surplus women, a consequence of the huge numbers of men lost in WW1, women who are both pitied and feared She is still feeling the loss of her fiance and her brother in the war, stifled by a difficult and suffocating mother She saves up, moving to Winchester, living an impoverished existence in a lodging house and working as a typist On a visit to the Cathedral, there is a ceremony for the broderers , her interest is captured by the embroidered kneelers She joins the group of women, that includes the real life Louise Pessel.As she immerses her life in embroidery, she finds...

  2. Violet inadvertently walks into the Winchester Cathedral during a ceremony for the broderers and is taken with the embroidered kneelers I was not and the first part of the book was a trudge for me I was bored I kept reading, though, because I admired how Violet asserted her independence and moves away from her constantly complaining mother I felt for her alone and barely making enough for room and breakfast, frequently skipping a meal and still after years is grieving the loss of her fia Violet inadvertently walks into the Winchester Cathedral during a ceremony for the broderers and is taken with the embroidered kneelers I was not and the first part of the book was a trudge for me I was bored I kept reading, though, because I admired how Violet asserted her independence and moves away from her constantly complaining mother I felt for her alone and barely making enough for room and breakfast, frequently skipping a meal and still after years is grieving the loss of her fiance, her brother in the Great War She was considered one of Surplus Women Surplus women is a phrase coined during the Indus...

  3. Despite having neither the temperament nor the talent to actively engage in the fiber arts, I have always had an interest in them My forays into the world of knitting and needlepoint have resulted in frustration and, I sheepishly admit, swearing like a sailor We have a world renowned art museum here which has many fine examples on display so I content myself with viewing textiles, tapestries and so on rather than actively taking part In this novel, embroidery needlepoint provides a spinster Despite having neither the temperament nor the talent to actively engage in the fiber arts, I have always had an interest in them My forays into the world of knitting and needlepoint have resulted in frustration and, I sheepishly admit, swearing like a sailor We have a world renowned art museum here which h...

  4. In a world that increasingly appears to have gone mad this book is a soothing, calming balm This story is understated, gentle and about a bye gone age when societies rules and foibles are usually strictly obeyed Tracy Chevalier is an author who can create a picture, a character and an atmosphere with the appearance of effortlessness and that takes great skill and understanding of your craft The main character is Violet Speedwell and the era is the 1930 s, the setting is principally beautiful In a world that increasingly appears to have gone mad this book is a soothing, calming balm This story is understated, gentle and about a bye gone age when societies rules and foibles are usually strictly obeyed Tracy Chevalier is an author who can create a picture, a character and an atmosphere with the appearance of effortlessness and that takes great skill and understanding of your craft The main character is Violet Speedwell and the era is the 1930 s, the setting is principally beautiful Winchester and much of the focus is on the cathedral Violet is a lovely character although the book has a n...

  5. This was my first time reading a novel by Tracy Chevalier and I have a somewhat mixed reaction That s not to say the book is not enjoyable, because it really is But something was a little bit missing for me and by about the 2 3 mark I was really ready for the book to be over A Single Thread follows the character of Violet Speedwell in 1930s England Violet is in her late thirties and is what is known at the time as a surplus woman meaning that she is unmarried and most likely without any pr This was my first time reading a novel by Tracy Chevalier and I have a somewhat mixed reaction That s not to say the book is not enjoyable, because it really is But something was a little bit missing for me and by about the 2 3 mark I was really ready for the book to be over A Single Thread follows the character of Violet Speedwell in 1930s England Violet is in her late thirties and is what is known at the time as a surplus woman meaning that she is unmarried and most likely without any prospects of ever getting married Both Violet s brother and fianc were killed in World War I and she is still very much mourning the loss of these important men from her life The story starts with Violet finally asserting her independence and leaving her home to come live and work in Winchester One day she...

  6. DNF at 50% Feel awful because this is my monthly read with Esil and Angela This for me is one of those books that one neither hates nor likes. It is just stagnant If you like embroidery or hell ringers you might have better luck it is missing a spark, just too much yada yada.

  7. A story is like building a chapel A novel is a cathedral Rosario Ferre Tracy Chevalier centers A Single Thread around the majesty of the Cathedral in Winchester with its mighty presence and its abundant history Winchester Cathedral becomes the focal point of what has occured in the past in its community and what is transpiring in early May of 1932.Winchester still bears the scars of World War I in which loss sits heavily at the elbow of family upon family Young men left the township in dr A story is like building a chapel A novel is a cathedral Rosario Ferre Tracy Chevalier centers A Single Thread around the majesty of the Cathedral in Winchester with its mighty presence and its abundant history Winchester Cathedral becomes the focal point of what has occured in the past in its community and what is transpiring in early May of 1932.Winchester still bears the scars of World War I in which loss sits heavily at the elbow of family upon family Young men left the township in droves only to return...

  8. 3.25 starsA Single Thread had the ingredients for the kind of novel I usually love, but unfortunately I found it quite flat in the delivery The story is set in the early 1930s, and focuses on Violet Violet is 37 years old, and thinks of herself as a surplus woman She wasn t able to marry because so many men were killed during WWI, and her options in life are seriously limited by her sex and marital status The story focuses on a year when Violet leaves her mother s home and goes to live in 3.25 starsA Single Thread had the ingredients for the kind of novel I usually love, but unfortunately I found it quite flat in the delivery The story is set in the early 1930s, and focuses on Violet Violet is 37 years old, and thinks of herself as a surplus woman She wasn t able to marry because so many men were killed during WWI, and her options in life are seriously limited by her sex and marital status The story focuses on a year when Violet leaves her mother s home and goes to live in Westminster, where she works as a typist and joins a women s embroidery group She also befriends one of the cathedral s bell ringers My favourite part of the book was one of the sub characters, Louise Pessel, who is based on a real woman who designed embroidery The end also came together nicely And the writing is decent B...

  9. It s 1932, and because so many young men have lost their lives in the Great War, there is a whole generation of unmarried females, unfortunately referred to as surplus women Violet at age 38 is one of them She has lost both her fiance and brother in the war, and decides to get a job in the next town to escape living with her cantankerous mother She gets involved with a group of women who embroider cushions for the church, and learns farthat just embroidery stitches through her associa It s 1932, and because so many young men have lost their lives in the Great War, there is a whole generation of unmarried females, unfortunately referred to as surplus women Violet at age 38 is one of them She has lost both her fiance and brother in the war, and decides to get a job in the next town to escape living with her cantankerous mother She gets involved with a group of women who embr...

  10. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest When the team from LoveReading UK contacted me regarding A Single Thread, all I knew was that I loved Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier and would therefore read any other book she writes.A Single Thread follows the life of Violet, during the year 1932, a few years after the First World War Violet has lost her brother and fiance in the war and is still learning to cope She is labelled as a surplus woman by the society, a woman that Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest When the team from LoveReading UK contacted me regarding A Single Thread, all I knew was that I loved Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier and would therefore read any other book she writes.A Single Thread follows the life of Violet, during the year 1932, a few years after the First World War Violet has lost her brother and fiance in the war and is still learning to cope She is labelled as a surplus woman by the society, a woman that in unlikely to marry.With the grief, the society label and the suffocation of her mother, Violet starts a journey that will change her life.She is determined to find where she belongs and who she truly is, in a time where being a woman and succeeding on your own was not praised by others.Her journey starts with a long walk in a few towns, something she used to do with her late father and brother, and it continues with her learning canvas embroidery today knows as needlepoint , and the beautiful art of bell ringing wh...

  11. Not for the first time have I read a book by this author and been intrigued by the subject matter but underwhelmed by the story This one was no exception The plight of the surplus women of the years after WWI has been fictionalised before and to better effect The embroidery project at Winchester Cathedral and the whole rigmarole of bell ringing were intriguing, though, and I am glad to have read this book for those alone, especially since I discovered at the end that the main character in t Not for the first time have I read a book by this author and been intrigued by the subject matter but underwhelmed by the story This one was no exception The plight of the surplus women of the years after WWI has been fictionalised before and to better effect The embroidery project at Winchester Cathedral and the whole rigmarole of bell ringing were intriguing, though, and I am glad to have read this book for those alone, especially since I discovered at the end that the main character in the embroidery element Louisa Pesel is based on a real person and that inspired me to research her life I thought the story linking all these themes, though, was lacklustre and short on subtlety I don t much care for being told what to think The price of her happiness no, not happiness the price of ...

  12. This was a wonderful read and a time period Ive rarely read about The context fell into place for me when I realised my grandparents would have been about 40 at the time of this novel A time when women were expected to marry and have children, but where the male population had fallen by 2 million during the Great War and when Britain was still recovering from one war, while Hitler rose to prominence as the Chancellor on the way to the next It was terribly difficult to earn a living and live i This was a wonderful read and a time period Ive rarely read about The context fell into place for me when I realised my grandparents would have been about 40 at the time of this novel A time when women were expected to marry and have children, but where the male population had fallen by 2 million during the Great War and when Britain was still recovering from one war, while Hitler rose to prominence as the Chancellor on the way to the next It was terribly difficult to earn a living and live inde...

  13. I do love some good historical fiction They re my comfort reads perfect whatever the weather, whatever my mood, and however much time I have to devote to one I especially like ones that happen in slightly out of the box time periods familiar and unknown all at once Between the wars is ripe for the picking, but is often forgotten for theexciting stories that lay either side of it, despite it being a time of great social change So, I was particularly keen to get my hands on this one I do love some good historical fiction They re my comfort reads perfect whatever the weather, whatever my mood, and however much time I have to devote to one I especially like ones that happen in slightly out of the box time periods familiar and unknown all at once Between the wars is ripe for the picking, but is often forgotten for theexciting stories that lay either side of it, despite it being a time of great social change So, I was particularly keen to get my hands on this one An ominous thread runs throughout the novel, giving it an unexpected moodiness that chimes well with the slower pace This is a book to relax into The grief and loss felt by the characters is intensified for the reader with our own knowledge of what awaits them I felt a real affinity for Violet, and a sympathy for the position held by surplus women like her To live a life so exposed and yet s...

  14. A Single thread Is the first book from Tracy Chevalier that I have read, and I love historical fiction so I happy when my request was granted to get a copy of this book.It s 1932, Victoria Speedwell is 38 years old, unmarried and suffering the losses of her fianc and brother in the war Like so many others at that time She is deemed a surplus woman after the losses of men and married women fear her She decides that she wants to beindependent and doesn t want to live with her mother an A Single thread Is the first book from Tracy Chevalier that I have read, and I love historical fiction so I happy when my request was granted to get a copy of this book.It s 1932, Victoria Speedwell is 38 years old, unmarried and suffering the losses of her fianc and brother in the war Like so many others at that time She is deemed a surplus woman after the losses of men and married women fear her She decides that she wants to beindependent and doesn t want to live with her mother any who stifles her and keeps complaining all the time So, she decides to move to Winchester and takes a job as a typist for an insurance company and lives in a boarding house After her meagre earnings and paying the boarding house Victoria lives a quite poverty, compared to her colleagues at the insurance company She is quite jealous of them, with their make up and u...

  15. Now, I m not the target audience for this book This book is set in the early 1930 s about an unmarried thirty something woman who has suffered great losses, who is a typist and the book heavily features cathedrals, embroidery, bell ringing and holidays I am a gay married man with a child, who likes eating twix chocolate bars and playing Mario games Hey, we re the same age.But Having never read a Tracy Chevalier book I wasn t aware that her writing could wash away my scepticism within about 2 Now, I m not the target audience for this book This book is set in the early 1930 s about an unmarried thirty something woman who has suffered great losses, who is a typist and the book heavily features cathedrals, embroidery, bell ringing and holidays I am a gay married man with a child, who likes eating twix chocolate bars and playing Mario games Hey, we re the same age.But Having never read a Tracy Chevalier book I wasn t aware that her writing could wash away my scepticism within about 20 pages She makes Violet come alive, she is flawed but strong, and her struggle to be free and independent is something you really root for.I genuinely never thought stitching a kneeler for church could be such a well of emotion and drama, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book Also impressive was the firm sense of place and time Despite the obligatory Nazi foreshadowing honestly the least interesting part of the book , this is a vivid picture...