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Threads of Life

A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)
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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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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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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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Worth persevering with, maybe

I struggled to get through this. There are fascinating storie I liked the focus. But it felt repetitive.

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Amazing tapestry of stories

The author writes about forgotten women, men, children and whole communities and how belittled needlework, preserved history, culture, helped to deal with trauma and joins people together.

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Fascinating

It is unusual to be hook by the very first page of a book, but that happened for me with this one. It isn't a history of sewing - although there is much history in the story. It isn't a political text - although there is much political content. It isn't a feminist text - although misogamy shines through in many places. Instead, it is a documentary about the place various forms of sewing and embroidery have held in the lives of women (and a few men) around the world and over time.
You do not have to be a seamstress to enjoy this book, but if you are one, you will see your life mirrored somewhere here.

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Threads of Life: A History of the world Through the eye of a needle

This is an amazing audiobook. So good I wanted to listen again from the start the minute I had heard it all.

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Stories of stitching

I was not prepared for the level of emotional intensity that this audio book demanded. At times I was saddened, made angry and occasionally depressed by the revelations ..at other times I was intrigued, pleased and surprised. All in all a remarkable work of research and a full exploration of the subject. I’m inspired to read more and to continue sewing with even more pride.

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