The enthralling novel from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy bestselling author of THE ISLAND and THE RETURN. Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people. Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears his grandparents' life story for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of the people who were forced to leave. Should he become their next custodian and make this city his home?
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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)
'Pleasingly complex... Hislop has done well to tell a story as diverse and tempestuous as Thessaloniki's with such lightness of touch. The events encountered along the way are well chosen to dramatise: Nazi control, religious diasporae, patriotism. The novel's overarching power derives from the fluidity with which these rapidly changing times are treated. Time will show that heritage can be violated, rebelled against and ignored, but that in Thessaloniki, blood isn't always thicker than water' ( Spectator)
'Meticulously researched and compellingly told' ( Woman & Home)
'Hislop's view of history in her novels is, just like the writer herself, a compassionate and generous one, and possibly this is also a huge part of her appeal. The Thread is a more ambitious novel than her previous books, more expansive in its sweep of history, more controversial in its political stance. Her many, many fans will be delighted by what is her best novel yet' ( The Scotsman)
'Reflects [Hislop]'s obvious love of Thessaloniki and its inhabitants. The characterisation is sure and the historical insights fascinating' ( Mail on Sunday)
'An evocative exploration of the past's hold on a family, with an exquisite love story at its centre' ( Good Housekeeping)
'A book to lose yourself in' ( We Love This Book)
'Enthralling new novel from the million-selling author of The Island and The Return. Always good for an intelligent holiday read, this time Hislop has chosen Thessaloniki as the backdrop to a brilliantly put-together tale spanning the generations. *****' ( Red)
'It's an evocative exploration of the past's hold on a family, with an exquisite love story at its centre' ( Good Housekeeping)
'A brilliant page turner and destined to become a reading group staple, The Thread is rich with drama and historical detail' ( Glamour)
'Hislop's wonderful descriptions transport you to Greece with great ease' ( Essentials)
'A sweeping, insanely absorbing romance... A hugely ambitious novel that, while effortless to read, delivers a fascinating lesson in Greek history' ( Lady)
'Hislop is a clever storyteller who deftly manages to flesh out Katerina and Dimitri's personal lives, while never abandoning the collective for the sake of the individual - 20th-century Greece and her citizens are brought vividly to life. Striking an excellent balance between historicity and impassioned drama, Hislop's newest should not be missed' ( Publishers Weekly)
'Hislop's writing is beautifully descriptive; you can feel the Mediterranean heat and smell the aromas... The Thread is a book to lose yourself in' ( We Love This Book magazine)
'There's no mistaking Hislop's writing, a combination of uncomplicated, passionate storytelling and the interlinking of significant episodes of European history. Her third novel sees her returning to Greece, specifically to the city of Thessaloniki where, through catastrophe, ethnic discrimination and war, she traces the huge, often tragic sweep of the twentieth century' ( New Books Mag)
'Peopled with memorable characters, this is a powerful, moving and beautifully told novel of loyalty and love, hope and fear' ( Choice)
'*****' ( Daily Mirror)
'A beautiful love story' ( Woman magazine)
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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