The Falling Thread (Hardback)
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Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 11/11/2021
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'Exquisite' Financial Times

'Funny and moving, full of surprises and challenging ideas' Times Literary Supplement

'Deeply satisfying' Guardian

'O’Riordan imbues his narrative with an acutely modern awareness of power and capitalism’ The Times
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Manchester, the summer of 1890. A city humming with industry and gleaming with affluence.

But for Charles, cloistered in his middle-class parents' suburban villa on holiday from university, the city's vibrancy holds no charms. Bored and a little listless, he spends the summer in pursuit of his little sisters' governess, Hettie. Before the summer's end, both must face the consequences of their affair - consequences they will live with for the rest of their lives.

Charles's sisters come of age as women of the new century - and experience a very different Manchester from their brother and guardian. In the smog and glitter of the city, both sisters will discover the very different things they seek, and the very different women they will become. But as a new era springs into being, a darker shadow stretches, threatening to engulf the whole world...

A captivating portrait of a family in time, The Falling Thread is a hauntingly evocative debut novel from one of our most exciting literary talents.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408856536
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 542 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An elegant, enthralling novel. I found I couldn't stop reading this intimiste epic of social change in the years leading up to the First World War. It has the lustre of life, beautiful and poignant - ADAM FOULDS

This poised, Jamesian debut novel about a Manchester family in the lead up to the first world war is a masterclass in detail and atmosphere ... As with Breugel’s painting, it’s the incidental which is momentous, the everyday given such intimate attention that it becomes extraordinary … Reading this book feels like stepping through a hushed and ornate museum, or a model village whose simulacrum of real life is so perfect as to be unsettling - OBSERVER

Super-assured ... Wholly convincing lives, described and written with great limpid precision of language - WILLIAM BOYD

A wonderful evocation of period - through language, clothes, objects - any reader will be irresistibly transported to Manchester and the lives of this strange Edwardian family - TIM PEARS

Captures the broad canvas of a vibrant city, as well as the fine grain of daily life … A deeply satisfying meshing of the vast sweep of history with the familiar textures of lives as they are lived - GUARDIAN

A family saga with below-stairs scenes, written in calm, decorous prose. It is also funny and moving, fully of surprises and challenging ideas ... Its evocation of the past offers many gifts of observation and psychological insight. His writing is a constant pleasure - Lindsay Duguid, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

O’Riordan’s prose is exquisite, and his tone cool and ironic, while subtly drawing attention to the barriers of class, gender and sexuality - FINANCIAL TIMES

Immaculately written … the detail and the dialogue are acutely rendered - LITERARY REVIEW

Exquisite - METRO

Immaculately written … O’Riordan imbues his narrative with an acutely modern awareness of power and capitalism - THE TIMES

Elegant and engaging … Beautifully observed detail and skilful evocation of the turbulence of the time - DAILY MAIL

It's bloody brilliant - GUY GARVEY

Beguiling ... A read to warm a winter evening - DAILY MAIL, Books of the Year

Strong on atmosphere … Lyrical - TABLET

Compelling ... The novel's considered portrait of upper-class lives brings a Jamesian quality to this debut - IRISH TIMES

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“A masterful debut novel.”

O’Riordan’s utterly beguiling novel is a portrait of the Wright family and its three siblings. The story paints a sweeping picture of power and privilege in the British elite at the beginning of the 20th century.... More

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“Beautiful descriptive writing here”

Although there is some beautiful descriptive prose in this book, this reviewer found it meandered a little too much to allow the reader to really keep track of the characters and the story, making it a tricky and a... More

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“This is a novel to be savoured and pondered over.”

Adam O’Riordan is recognised as a fine poet and short story writer. ‘The Falling Thread’ is his debut novel and a very good read it is too! Bookended by the First World War, the story proper begins in 1890. Bored... More

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