Novelist Tracy Chevalier has taken inspiration from Winchester Cathedral for her latest novel ‘A Single Thread’, due to be released on 5 September 2019.
Tracy has always loved cathedrals and finds Winchester’s particular rich in stories. ‘A Single Thread’ is set in and around Winchester Cathedral in the 1930s, and follows the fictional story of Violet Speedwell who joins the team of Broderers at the Cathedral.
The story focuses on the embroidered cushions and kneelers in the Quire and Presbytery, made by a group of volunteer women. With side-tracks into the Fishermen’s Chapel, the bell chamber, chantries, and other nooks and crannies, the novel explores the power of a great building and its effect on the communities that grow up around it.
Speaking about her new novel, Tracy said: “I had a wonderful time exploring Winchester Cathedral and weaving together fact and fiction, dropping my heroine into a volunteer group that actually existed. I am hoping that readers won’t be able to distinguish between the two!”
The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester, said: “‘It’s thrilling to find the Cathedral that we know and love within the pages of Tracy Chevalier’s new novel. Her heroine’s exploration of the life and fabric of the Cathedral will enable people to see familiar things with new eyes and fresh understanding.”
Tracy Chevalier has written ten novels, including ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, which sold 5 million copies worldwide and was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.
Tracy will launch ‘A Single Thread’ with a special event at Winchester Cathedral on Monday 9 September at 7.00pm, in conversation with Alison Finch.
Tickets cost £15pp (including a glass of wine) and are available online from the Cathedral website www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk or from the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275. Advanced booking is highly recommended.
For more information about ‘A Single Thread’ see Tracy’s website: www.tchevalier.com/a-single-thread-story