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Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske Paperback – 15 August 2017

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  • Publisher : VINTAGE ARROW - MASS MARKET (15 August 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0099582198
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0099582199
  • Dimensions : 16.4 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 49 ratings

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Oh, what a miraculous book this is: parochial, weird and inconclusive in a way that few books dare to be these days, and illustrated so generously, with something beautiful or interesting on every other page. Buy it, and let it take you out to sea, no sou’wester required. -- Rachel Cooke ― Observer

Wonderful… I lay down her book without knowing the cause of the “mental stupors” that defined Craske’s life, or understanding his relationship to his complicated family, but feeling I had inhaled the cold salt of the East Anglian coastline from which he sailed when he was well, and run my fingers across the bright wool of the embroideries he made when he was not. -- Helen Brown, 5 stars ― Daily Telegraph

I believe I have already found my book of the year. Blackburn’s “biography”… almost defies the category… But it is so beautifully and hypnotically done that each page leaves you spellbound. Rarely can such an unusual telling so thoroughly, and so movingly, reflect the nature of the life being told. -- Lesley McDowell ― Herald

I wish I could quote something from every page as that would convince you to read this book… This is a book to remind you that wonders lie scattered like jewels in the most ordinary places. -- Rachel Campbell-Johnston ― The Times

It is hard to pin down what it is that makes Threads such a warmly attractive book… Julia Blackburn is an odd, sometimes even disconcerting writer, but she is an amazingly good one, too. The words she puts on paper do what written words should do: they make things real… She leaves her reader feeling grateful and happy. ― Literary Review

A cleverly crafted book that is far more than the obvious sum of its parts… [A] truly delightful book. -- Honor Clerk ― Spectator

[An] extraordinary book. -- Chloe Colchester ― Oldie

A beautifully illustrated, wry, emphatic and deeply moving triumph. -- Dan Brotzel ― Lady

A poignant meditation on creativity and grief. -- Dan Brotzel ― Press

Subtle and absorbing book. -- 4 stars ― UK Press Syndication

Book Description

A beautifully illustrated account of the search for an undiscovered genius, the Norfolk fisherman who became an artist.Winner of the East Anglian Book of the Year 2015Winner of the New Angle Book Prize 2017

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