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The Thread Hardcover – 27 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755377737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755377732
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious... All those who loved The Island, her hugely successful first novel, will fall on it' (The Sunday Times)

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

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

'Hislop's fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place make her novel a rare treat' (Guardian)

'[Hislop's] Med-set period romances may fill a million holiday suitcases. Yet she has brought something fresh, unusual and rather intrepid to an often vapid genre, with a tenacious attention to the tangled and controversial history that fuels her plots... The Thread will entertain and enlighten legions of readers who, like it or not, will never pick up a historian such as Mark Mazower. Its oddly vehement political edge and fervent multicultural sympathies cut through the helpings of schmaltz and sentiment to generate Hislop's characteristic sour-sweet flavour. That taste can clearly tickle the palate of millions' (Independent)

'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)

'Hislop does her research and is very good at interweaving the lives of individuals into the backcloth of great events, giving the reader a history lesson that doesn't feel like one... Recommended' (Daily Mail)

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)

About the Author

Victoria Hislop read English at Oxford, and worked in publishing, PR and as a journalist before becoming a novelist. She is married with two children. Her first novel, THE ISLAND, held the Number One slot in the Sunday Times paperback chart for eight consecutive weeks and has sold over two million copies worldwide. Victoria acted as script consultant on a 26-part TV adaptation in Greece, which achieved record ratings for Greek television. Victoria was the Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007, and her second novel, THE RETURN, was also a Number One bestseller. THE THREAD spent nine weeks in the Sunday Times hardback chart, and was widely acclaimed. Her books have been translated into more than 25 languages. Victoria also writes short stories and her first collection, ONE CRETAN EVENING, is available as an ebook.

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