Friday, 23 November 2012

bookworm #13

The Thread by Victoria Hislop

I'd seen this book lying around my parents house for a while and showed no interest, I have to admit I judged it by its cover... not particularly inspiring. But after my Mum promising me it was a worthwhile read, I decided to give it a go. 

In a word... it's brilliant. Not only does it document the fascinating social and political history of Thessaloniki (Greece), including its involvement with WW2 and the Nazi occupation, but has a heart-warming story of love, friendship and family. The Thread tells the stories of Katerina and Dimitri; how their lives join together and the lives of their friends and families. The story moves quickly from moments of tragedy, to tales of happiness and love, all the time making us connect with the characters as if they were our own friends. 

I found this book a really easy read - although a large proportion of the book is factual and deals with some serious issues, it never felt too heavy or tiresome. Hislop has a way of describing places, people and events in huge detail without making it seem too educational. 

In short, I loved this book. Great storyline, characters and pace. 

Have you read The Thread, or any other novels by Hislop?


  1. Just found your blog dear. I didn't know this book :(

    Hope you'll come to visit me :))
    Kisses, The Spotted Cherry Pie

  2. LOVE this book and The Island. She writes so beautfully.

  3. I loved this book too (and her others!), so easy to get totally immersed in. x

  4. I haven't read any of her books but I want to now :)

  5. I am always looking for new books, I find I have more time now, will see if I can download this on my ipad for my long train journeys x


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