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Publisher's Summary

The Hare with Amber Eyes meets A History of the World in 100 Objects, Threads of Life is a history of sewing and embroidery, 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.  

From the political storytelling of the Bayeux tapestry's anonymous embroiderers and Mary, Queen of Scots' treasonous stitching, to the sewing of First World War soldiers suffering from PTSD and the banner makers at Greenham Common, Threads of Life stretches from medieval France to 1980s America, from a Second World War POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland. It is as much about identity, protest, memory and politics as craft and artistry.   

In an eloquent blend of history and memoir, with a unique understanding of craft, Clare Hunter's Threads of Life is an evocative and moving audiobook about the need we all have to tell our story.  

©2019 Clare Hunter (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Not much fact, much hunching

Not too many facts in the first third of this book, was turned off by the constant hunching of downtrodden women over their work. I'm sure some of them enjoyed their needlework. The narrator was fantastic though.

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  • miss e e gurney
  • 05-04-2019

Beautiful and fascinating

This book is an extremely interesting trip through textile history. It comprises invention, politics, protest, feminism in the true sense of the word, creativity and voice.

I honestly believe anyone would enjoy this book.

Beautifully and aptly read.

Every minute was a pleasure.

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  • Ragne
  • 14-04-2020

Interesting and thought provocative

When I got sick some years ago, I taught myself to embroider and knit. These were things I could do while bedridden, and I quickly found it helped my psyche, and lessened pain. It was gratifying to learn that this has been done professionally, and found to help several different types of patients.
It inspired me to several new patterns, and to be more proud of my work.

What bugged me, was that the reader often sounds like she has some sort of dental braces, and/or a mouth full of water. It was rater distracting sometimes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-2019

A Beautiful Tale of the Power of Stitch

I am a mature textile student and found this book a brilliant asset to my degree studies but also a moving, inspiring and enjoyable audiobook. Will buy the hardcopy now so I can refer back to it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-07-2019

A brilliant read

Absorbing, fascinating and constantly surprising Threads of Life submits a history of needlework for our consideration and never disappoints.

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  • Textilephd
  • 02-04-2019

Fabulous

I absolutely adored this book the stories were beautiful the narrator was superb
I know I will listen again
I also intend to buy the hard copy of this sublime book

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 22-06-2021

Really informative

A good history of embroidery and sewing, all based on women and their status in life.

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  • Kitty McWhiskerson
  • 04-04-2021

Not just for those who sew

A beautifully told story of life through the eye of a needle. A social history of us all. Not just for for women. I wholly recommend this book for anyone interested in our shared social history. The narrators voice is beautiful and perfect to bring a sense of calm.

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  • Sophie
  • 23-02-2021

Totally amazing!

This book gave so so much, had me crying lots and smiling lots, the in-depth research into sewing and textiles being used throughout history and all their messages and importance are covered amazingly. I also like how it goes between her own personal experiences of her sewing community projects, then back into history. All the stars, totally amazing!!

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  • GW
  • 11-02-2021

Brilliant

This is an amazing book by any measure you may care to use. It opened my eyes to so many aspects of both the history of needlework and textiles and women’s social and political history. It speaks volumes.

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  • Sue
  • 01-06-2020

A delight

I really enjoyed the interweaving of social history, the role of women and the value of needlework. The themed chapters allowed me to revisit areas of interest such as embroidery in captivity. I look forward to listening again, so much to take in.

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