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The Thread

The Thread

Author(s): Victoria Hislop

Location(s): Thessaloniki (Salonika)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 20th and early 21st Centuries



From the fly leaf: As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafogou’s home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri’s, and with the story of the city, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.

Thessaloniki, 2007.
A young Anglo-Greek hears of his granparents’ life story for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of the people who were forced to leave. Should he become their next custodian and make this city his home?

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At last – a beach book with a heart (Observer)

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Outstanding Story

Author: Anne Cater

The Thread is set in Greece’s second city Thessaloniki with a prologue set in the present day. A young Anglo-Greek hears for the first time the story of his Grandparents and this story starts...

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A Fictional Account of 20th Century Thessaloniki

During the 20th Century, the sea-side Greek city of Thessaloniki saw it all – fires, wars and earthquakes. This is the backdrop of Victoria Hislop’s novel “The Thread”. In it, we get to know...

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