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.
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.
Short-listed, Indie Awards,, 2011
Long-listed, International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, 2012
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin