Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle (Paperback)Clare Hunter (author)
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Spanning time and place, from Saxon England to Singaporean prisoner of war camps, Threads of Life combines history, politics and textile-making to weave an inspiring narrative of resistance and protest that is by turns enchanting and shocking.
Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month for March 2020
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
For the mothers of the disappeared in 1970s Argentina, protest was difficult. Every Thursday they marched in front of government buildings wearing headscarves embroidered with the names of their lost children. Through sewing, they found a way to campaign. In Tudor England Mary, Queen of Scots was under house arrest and her letters were censored, so she sewed secret treason into her needlework to communicate with the world outside.
From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry and First World War soldiers with PTSD, to the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, Threads of Life stretches from medieval France to contemporary Mexico, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland. It is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power and politics told through the stories of the men and women, over centuries and across continents, who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.
In an eloquent blend of history and memoir, Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we all have to tell our story.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 226 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm
'It's an astonishing feat... Her highly impressive debut is a richly textured and moving record of a history that has largely being lost.' - Christina Patterson, The Sunday Times
'Triumphant... an inspiration to anyone who has ever thought of picking up a needle and thread.' - Jane Shilling, The Mail on Sunday
'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
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