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Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle Hardcover – 15 Oct 2019

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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc (15 October 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419739530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419739538
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 449 g
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"A celebration of the power of thread ... By unpicking the seams of the clothes on our backs, Clare Hunter has brought to light elements of history that have languished in our collective attic for far too long. Threads Of Life is a terrific book."--The Herald (Scotland)

"An astonishing feat, this patchwork of history, culture, and politics, which takes us from Saxon England to colonized African tribes, Palestinian villages, rural China and the cramped homes of American slaves. ... Hunter writes in clear, sometimes lyrical prose and knows just the detail to bring a story alive. Her highly impressive debut is a richly textured and moving record of a history that has largely been lost."--Christina Patterson "The Sunday Times (London) "

"Triumphant ... crammed with vivid anecdotes and colourful snippets of fascinating information, Hunter's debut is an inspiration to anyone who has ever thought of picking up a needle and thread."--The Mail on Sunday

"Hunter's non-fiction debut reframes needlework as a powerful and political medium . . . Threads of Life is a compelling and beautifully written account of how marginalised peoples throughout history have used the language of sewing, embroidery and textiles to tell their neglected stories."--The Bookseller

"Threads of Life is a beautifully considered book that reminds us of how much sewing plays a crucial part in expressing the many facets of our lives. Clare Hunter has managed to mix the personal with the political with moving results. Reading it made me pick up my needle with a new perspective."--Tracy Chevalier "Girl With a Pearl Earring "

"A blend of history and memoir, the book roves across centuries and continents to reveal how sewing has played a crucial part in our lives - from courts and battlefields to prisons and drawing rooms... Many of the stories in Threads of Life are heart-breaking...This beautiful, moving book makes you want to rush out and grab a needle."--Radio Times

About the Author

Clare Hunter has sewn since she was a child. She has been a banner maker, community textile artist, and textile curator for over 20 years and established the community enterprise NeedleWorks in Glasgow. She was a recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2016. She lives near Stirling in Scotland. 

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