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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
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Interesting

Well written and well narrated , thought provoking and emotive at times. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Captivating

This is a sensitive, eloquent and often moving account of the place of needlework in the lives of many people. It records how this art form has be used as a form of artistic expression or a protest against oppression. I found it beautifully written and thought provoking.

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Loved it!

Very informative and moving. A tribute to the author's considerable research. Would definitely recommend it.

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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.