A SINGLE THREAD is the new novel from Tracy Chevalier, author of GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, and is set in Winchester in the 1930s amongst the borderers – the community of women who embroidered kneelers for the Cathedral.
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.
Nether Wallop, and St Andrew’s church, feature in A SINGLE THREAD, so we are thrilled to be hosting Tracy’s event in this beautiful Anglo-Saxon church.
Tracy Chevalier is the author of ten novels, including REMARKABLE CREATURES, THE LAST RUNAWAY and GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, an international bestseller that has sold over five million copies. A SINGLE THREAD is Tracy’s first novel set in Britain since REMARKABLE CREATURES, which is currently being made into a feature film. Born in Washington DC, in 1984 she moved to London, where she lives with her husband and son.