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Book of Lost Threads

Tess Evans    
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Pages: 368
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Book of Lost Threads


In the small town of Opportunity, four mismatched people discover the unexpected power of kindness.


Tender, funny and memorable, Book of Lost Threads is a story about love and loss, parents and children, hope, faith and the value of simple kindness.

Moss has run away from Melbourne to Opportunity on the trail of a man she knows only by name. But her arrival sets in train events that disturb the long-held secrets of three of the town's inhabitants: Finn, a brilliant mathematician, who has become a recluse; Lily Pargetter, eighty-three-year-old knitter of tea cosies; and Sandy, the town buffoon, who dreams of a Great Galah.

It is only as Moss, Finn, Lily and Sandy develop unlikely friendships that they find a way to lay their sorrows to rest and knit together the threads that will restore them to life.

If you loved The Guernsey Literary + Potato Peel Pie Society, you'll love The Book of Lost Threads.


Short-listed, Indie Awards,, 2011
Long-listed, International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, 2012

Book of Lost Threads is Tess Evans' first novel. She previously worked in the TAFE system. In her time at TAFE, she taught and counselled a wide range of people: youth at risk, migrants, indigenous trainees, apprentices, sole parents and unemployed workers of all ages and professions. Her experience with these people is clearly visible in her humane, compassionate writing. She is currently undertaking a Diploma of Professional Writing at NMIT.

ISBN: 9781742372334
Australian Pub.: June 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Subject: Popular fiction
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Reader reviews

'This book is a masterpiece. Just from the captivating cover of a simplistic yarn with needles captures the eye of the lucky beholder of the book. The story, about love, loss, mothers and children, as well as hope and faith revolves around the character of Moss, who is a uni student and runs away from home. She wants to find her biological father to find that he is a reculse and living next to neighbours which share differing stories and a yearn for the survival for life. The neighbours include Lily Pargetter, a widow at the age of 83 and a mother to a stillborn baby. During her spare time she knits tea cosies for the United Nations. Others include, Lily's nephew, Sandy that not only plays the stockmarket in rural Australia, making him rich but watches his neighbouring farmers turn to dust. A novel that will stay with you for a long time, about the differences four people have.' - A. Zhang, VIC

'Tess Evans has written a moving novel based on relationships between mothers, fathers, children, family and friends. It is a great book to snuggle up with, a quick read that kept me wanting to pick it up any time I could. The characters in Book of Lost Threads are people you want to get to know, feel familiar with after reading the book and touch the heart. For me I felt for the characters and enjoyed being a passenger on their journeys... It really is all you want in a great comfort read.' - Mandy de Jager (read more at mandythebookworm)

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