Things to Make and Mend

Ruth Thomas

Things to Make and Mend by Ruth Thomas is the long-awaited first novel from one of Scotland’s most admired short story writers.

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At fifteen, Sally Tuttle and Rowena Cresswell were firm friends, until a shocking event changed their lives. Now in their late thirties, they are estranged, both single mothers, both haunted with memories of their intense friendship. Sally is an embroiderer, a needlewoman (“the homelier sister of Wonderwoman”), who works at In Stitches, a repairs shop in East Grinstead. When she wins an embroidery prize and is invited to a conference in Edinburgh to deliver an embroidery lecture, she has to leave her teenage daughter Pearl alone and step into a new role – lecturer, prize-winner. Rowena Cresswell is in Edinburgh too, helping her son move out of his student accommodation. This beautifully woven, perfectly pitched story of two women caught in the shadow of their teenage years will stay in the hearts of readers long after they put it down.


Ruth Thomas is a novelist and short-story writer. Her work has won or been shortlisted for several awards including the John Llewellyn Rhys Award, the Saltire Society First Book Award and the VS Pritchett Short Story Prize. Her first novel Things to Make and Mend received a Good Housekeeping Book Award and her short story collection Super Girl was longlisted…

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