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Things to Make and Mend

Ruth Thomas

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.

Critic Reviews

A sweet, neat, thoughtful novel about friendship and embroidery..'

Kate Saunders, The Times
Critic Reviews

'Glints and glows with sly humour and gentle sadness'

Daily Mail
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Wonderful, Spot-on observant, witty and profound'

Sainsburys Magazine

Ruth Thomas is a novelist and short-story writer. Her first story collection was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Saltire Society First Book Awards, and her second received a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Her first novel Things to Make and Mend received a Good Housekeeping Book Award. The Home Corner is her second novel. Ruth was born…

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