Recommended by Lindsey Alexander
Victoria Hislop is probably best know for her first novel ‘The Island’ about the Greek leper colony Spinalonga, off the island of Crete. This was such a fantastic book that I consumed it from beginning to end with hardly a breath inbetween.
‘The Thread’ is Victoria’s third novel and once again sees her return to Greece taking as her backdrop the troubled history of the city of Thessaloniki in a story that spans almost a century, beginning with the Great Fire of 1917 which almost destroyed the city.
It is the first of many catastrophic events as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.
The fire also coincides with the birth of Dimitri Komninos. Five years later, young Katerina escapes to Greece when her home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she finds herself on a boat to an unknown destination. From that day the lives of Dimitri and Katerina become entwined, with each other and with the story of the city itself.