The Sewing Machine

The Sewing Machine

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'A tapestry of strong characters and accomplished writing' Herald Scotland

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her.

More than a hundred years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams. He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 30mm | 339g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911586041
  • 9781911586043
  • 122,109

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'An extraordinarily accomplished and beautiful debut novel woven with historical detail.'-Rachael Lucas, author of Wildflower Bay; 'The Sewing Machine tenderly evokes the true value of the personal heritage we pass down, through generations and beyond families, with the objects that we love. Illuminating our shared history through the private histories of four remarkable women, this is a hopeful and poignant debut that lingers long after the final page.'-Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers
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About Natalie Fergie

Natalie Fergie is a textile enthusiast, and has spent the last ten years running a one-woman dyeing business, sending parcels of unique yarn and thread all over the world. Before this she had a career in nursing. She lives near Edinburgh.
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8,572 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 37% (3,169)
4 38% (3,251)
3 20% (1,702)
2 4% (325)
1 1% (125)
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