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The Thread

The Thread

‘Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious’ The Sunday Times

The enthralling novel from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return.

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou’s home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri’s, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.

Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears his grandparents’ life story for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of the people who were forced to leave.

Should he become their next custodian and make this city his home?

Praise for The Thread. . .

‘A history lesson that doesn’t feel like one’
Daily Mail

‘This is storytelling at its best’
Sunday Express

‘A rare treat’
Guardian

The Thread will entertain and enlighten legions of readers’
Independent

‘Pleasingly complex’
Spectator
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items

On Sale: 27th October 2011

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780755377770

Reviews

'A brilliant page turner and destined to become a reading group staple, The Thread is rich with drama and historical detail'
<i>Glamour</i>
'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious'
<i>The Sunday Times</i>
'Fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place'
<i>Guardian</i>
'It's an evocative exploration of the past's hold on a family, with an exquisite love story at its centre'
<i>Good Housekeeping</i>
'Enthralling new novel from the million-selling author of The Island and The Return. Always good for an intelligent holiday read, this time Hislop has chosen Thessaloniki as the backdrop to a brilliantly put-together tale spanning the generations. *****'
<i>Red</i>
'Fresh, tenacious and rather intrepid'
<i>Independent</i>
'This is storytelling at its best and just like a tapestry, when each thread is sewn into place, so emerge the layers and history of relationships past and present'
<i>Sunday Express</i>
'Meticulously researched and compellingly told'
<i>Woman & Home</i>
'Hislop's wonderful descriptions transport you to Greece with great ease'
<i>Essentials</i>
Her best novel yet
<i>Scotsman</i>
'A brilliant page turner and destined to become a reading group staple, THE THREAD is rich with drama and historical detail'
<i>Glamour</i>
'Hislop's writing is beautifully descriptive; you can feel the Mediterranean heat and smell the aromas... The Thread is a book to lose yourself in'
<i>We Love This Book</i> magazine
'Hislop's view of history in her novels is, just like the writer herself, a compassionate and generous one, and possibly this is also a huge part of her appeal. The Thread is a more ambitious novel than her previous books, more expansive in its sweep of history, more controversial in its political stance. Her many, many fans will be delighted by what is her best novel yet'
<i>The Scotsman</i>
'Meticulously researched and compellingly told'
<i>Woman & Home</i>
'An evocative exploration of the past's hold on a family, with an exquisite love story at its centre'
<i>Good Housekeeping</i>
'A book to lose yourself in'
<i>We Love This Book</i>