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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472206029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472206022
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious' (The Sunday Times)

'Fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place' (Guardian)

'Fresh, tenacious and rather intrepid' (Independent)

'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' (Sunday Express)

Her best novel yet (Scotsman)

'A brilliant page turner and destined to become a reading group staple, THE THREAD is rich with drama and historical detail' (Glamour)

'Meticulously researched and compellingly told' (Woman & Home)

'An evocative exploration of the past's hold on a family, with an exquisite love story at its centre' (Good Housekeeping)

'A book to lose yourself in' (We Love This Book)

Modern Greek history, from the Nazi occupation to the present-day economic crisis and riots, is integral to many of the stories. The style is limpid, echoed in the simple line drawings that accompany each tale. They slip down like ice cream on a hot day (Independent)

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'Intricate, beautifully observed and with a painter's eye for imagery, in these stories Hislop evokes Greece, its people, its customs and traditions with a sensitivity that reveals her deep knowledge of not just the place but also the human condition' Express

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We all enjoyed reading these short stories, light but informative and written in a descriptive and intriguing way linking fact to fiction seamlessly, and not too heavy going.
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Long awaited but very disappointing. Whilst short stories were delightful, not enough of them. Read in less than one hour. Overpriced, very thin little book.
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I choose this book because I have read all Victoria Hislop other books. Very disappointed.All short stories and did not find them very interesting.
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As a fan of Victoria Hislop, I was delighted to know this book was available, (I think it was first an ebook).
I certainly wasn't disappointed. Each story is totally different to the others. I have enjoyed each one.
Victoria's descriptive writing takes you directly to the room/ café/ street and you can fully get connected with the whole story.

I kept the book in my handbag and was able to have a nice break in the sunshine outside of a café, reading one of the stories.
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This book seemed as if she has written the start of a story and then run out of ideas and just put all the ideas together into a short story book. After reading her other excellent novels I wasn't terribly impressed with the short story one.
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I really enjoyed Victoria Hislop's other books, particularly the Thread and the Island. They were interesting, informative and well written and I really felt I'd learned about an aspect of history that I would not otherwise have been aware of.

Therefore I was looking forward to reading this collection but found myself feeling ripped off. A collection of very short stories that are barely stories at all. With the exception of one story that related to lingering tensions from the civil war I though that the book was discarded jottings that were put together to cash in on the author's success. Some of the stories just seemed cynically formulaic.
The story I did like was a good idea and had potential to be really interesting and to uncover how people's past affects their present whilst informing the reader about an interesting period of history. However it seemed rushed and too short to develop the story and characters. This made it feel like it was knocked out to fill space.

I'll think very carefully before bothering with this writer again as she seems to have sold out.
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Lovely short stories, full of love and sunshine. Beautifully told and a joy to read. I'm sure everyone with a heart will enjoy reading them.
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By HJK VINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2015
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I have read all Victoria Hislop's novels and loved them all, so I thought I would give these a try as well.
I am not as found of short stories as I am of novels but I was really interested in these.
They all gave little insights to life in Greece and some of them were very poignant.
I especially like The Last Dance which is the last story in the book - it was very sad.
At the end of the book is a section on the inspirations for the stories - I think it is well worth reading - I would recommend reading this first - which is what I did.
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