Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske

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Julia Blackburn has written six books of non-fiction, a family memoir, The Three of Us, which won the 2009 J.R. Ackerley Award, and two novels, The Book of Colour and The Leper's Companions, both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in Suffolk and Italy.

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"Oh, what a miraculous book this is: parochial, weird and inconclusive in a way that few books dare to be these days, and illustrated so generously, with something beautiful or interesting on every other page. Buy it, and let it take you out to sea, no sou'wester required." -- Rachel Cooke * Observer * "Wonderful... I lay down her book without knowing the cause of the "mental stupors" that defined Craske's life, or understanding his relationship to his complicated family, but feeling I had inhaled the cold salt of the East Anglian coastline from which he sailed when he was well, and run my fingers across the bright wool of the embroideries he made when he was not." -- Helen Brown, 5 stars * Daily Telegraph * "I believe I have already found my book of the year. Blackburn's "biography"... almost defies the category... But it is so beautifully and hypnotically done that each page leaves you spellbound. Rarely can such an unusual telling so thoroughly, and so movingly, reflect the nature of the life being told." -- Lesley McDowell * Herald * "I wish I could quote something from every page as that would convince you to read this book... This is a book to remind you that wonders lie scattered like jewels in the most ordinary places." -- Rachel Campbell-Johnston * The Times * "It is hard to pin down what it is that makes Threads such a warmly attractive book... Julia Blackburn is an odd, sometimes even disconcerting writer, but she is an amazingly good one, too. The words she puts on paper do what written words should do: they make things real... She leaves her reader feeling grateful and happy." * Literary Review *

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Verlag: Random House Children's Publishers UK Apr 2015 (2015)
ISBN 10: 0224097768 ISBN 13: 9780224097765
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Buchbeschreibung Random House Children's Publishers UK Apr 2015, 2015. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - A biography of John Craske, a Norfolk fisherman who became a genius artist. Craske was born in 1881 and was discovered by Sylvia Townsend Warner and her lover Valentine Ackland in 1937. Takes in the East Anglian landscape, including Sheringham, Great Yarmouth, Blakeney and Cromer. 352 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780224097765

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