Maree Giles - Invisible Thread - Little, Brown Book Group

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    • ISBN:9781405523998
    • Publication date:22 Aug 2013

Invisible Thread

By Maree Giles

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The intensely moving tale of a young girl's experience of isolation and rejection.

Fourteen-year-old Ellen Russell runs away from home, from her nagging mother and mean stepfather, and goes and lives with her boyfriend, Robbie. Robbie is mean too, but it's still more fun than home. Things seem better until Ellen is arrested for running away and, considered to be in 'moral danger', is sentenced to a period in a reform school.

Ellen, left by her mother to suffer at the Training School for Girls, soon discovers she is pregnant and for this disgrace the staff make her life even more miserable - her only escape is her dreams and writing poetry. When the baby is born it is taken away against Ellen's will.

Once released from the school Ellen, drawn by the invisible thread that links a mother to her child, attempts with the help of Frank, a disillusioned doctor, to find the baby she was forced to give up. Instead she uncovers an illegal conspiracy in which babies, taken from people like her (Breeders) are sold to couples wanting to adopt...

Biographical Notes

Maree Giles is Australian and has had a variety of careers including journalism and editor for PARENTS Magazine. She was winner of the SHE magazine short story competition in 1997 and in 1998 her short stories were highly commended in the Ian St James Awards.

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  • ISBN: 9780349004433
  • Publication date: 02 Jan 2014
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Virago

Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman - who worked for many years as a theoretical physicist - is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller Einstein's Dreams, as well as The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of a memoir, three collections of essays, and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. He has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.

Alison Lucy

Alison Lucy is the author of several novels including How to be Famous and Summer of Secrets. Before becoming a full-time writer, Alison worked in the film industry for ten years, starting her career as an at ICM before becoming an agent at the Cassaratto Company representing writers and directors.Alison enjoys writing books and travelling the world. When not off gallivanting she lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and two children.

Ann Packer

Ann Packer received the Great Lakes Book Award and the Kate Chopin Writing Award for The Dive From Clausen's Pier, a national bestseller that has been translated into ten languages. Also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories, she lives in northern California with her family. Visit her at www.annpacker.com

Anthea Cohen

Anthea Cohen, SRN, worked as a hospital sister and private nurse. A columnist for the Nursing Mirror and regular contributor to World Medicine, she has written eighteen Agnes Turner novels, among other work.Her Agnes Carmichael novels have been described as the 'one of the most original chiller series around'. (Felicia Lamb, Mail on Sunday)

Barrie Roberts

Barrie Roberts was born in Hampshire and for most of the last thirty years he has been a criminal lawyer. This is his third novel to feature lawyer Chris Tyroll and he has also written five novels featuring Holmes and Watson.

Carol Anshaw

Carol Anshaw is the award-winning author ( the Carl Sandburg award and the Society of Midland Authors Award) of three previous novels, Aquamarine, Seven Moves and Lucky in the Corner. In 1995 she received a Creative Writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She reviews for major newspapers. She lives in Chicago and teaches creative writing at Vermont College.

Chitra Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels THE MISTRESS OF SPICES and SISTER OF MY HEART, the prizewinning story collections ARRANGED MARRIAGE and THE UNKNOWN ERRORS OF OUR LIVES, and four acclaimed volumes of poetry.

CJ Duggan

CJ Duggan is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books, including PARADISE CITY, PARADISE ROAD, the SUMMER series and the HEART OF THE CITY series. She lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

Clare Boylan

Clare Boylan is a highly acclaimed novelist and short story writer whose work also regularly appears in the GUARDIAN etc.

Clare Jay

Clare Jay's short stories and poetry have won prizes and appeared in anthologies. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and tutors the subject at university level. She has led 'Dreaming into writing' workshops at international conferences and has lived in five European countries and travelled extensively in South-East Asia. BREATHING IN COLOUR is her first novel. Visit her at www.clarejay.com

Danielle Pearl

Danielle Pearl is the bestselling author of the Something More series. She lives in New Jersey with her three delicious children and ever-supportive husband, who---luckily---doesn't mind sharing her with an array of fictional men. She did a brief stint at Boston University and worked in marketing before publishing her debut novel, Normal. She writes mature Young Adult and New Adult contemporary romance. Danielle enjoys coffee, wine, and cupcakes, and not in moderation.To learn more, visit:DaniellePearl.comFacebook.com/daniellepearlauthorTwitter.com @danipearlauthor

David Liss

Author of the Edgar-Award-winning A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER (Best first crime novel in the USA).

E.H. Young

Emily Hilda Young (1880-1949) was born in Northumberland, the daughter of a ship-broker. She was educated at Gateshead High School and Penrhos College, Colwyn Bay, Wales. In 1902, after her marriage to solicitor, J.A.H. Daniell, she went to live in Bristol, which was to become the setting of most of her novels.

Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg is the author of eighteen novels and has more than 1.5 million books in print. Her novel, OPEN HOUSE, was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000. Berg lives near Chicago, Illinois. Visit her at www.Elizabeth-berg.net

Evelyn Hood

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Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo (father Joe Slovo, mother Ruth First) was educated in Britain where she has spent all her adult life. Since Nelson Mandela's release she has made frequent visits to South Africa. She has written seven books.

Iris Collier

Iris Collier is the daughter of a professional musician and was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read history. She taught creative writing in Chichester for a number of years and now lives in Boxgrove, England, where she researches and writes history books and thrillers. She is very interested in the rich history of England, and in particular, the history of the local priory at Boxgrove, where she gives guided tours. Boxgrove Priory and its environs provided much of the background and inspiration for Day of Wrath, her first historical crime novel. Iris is married to a former diplomat, and has traveled a great deal throughout her married life. She has two grown children and one grandson.

James Miller

James Miller was born in London in1976. He recently completed a PhD in African-American literature at King's College London. He also has a First in English Literature from Oxford University and an MA (Distinction) from University College London. He currently teaches twentieth century American literature and critical theory at King's College London and English A-level at an exclusive private college in Earl's Court.

John Suchet

John Suchet, best known as presenter of the early evening news on ITN, won the Journalist of the Year Award in 1986 and was voted Newscaster of the Year in 1996. He is obsessed by Beethoven.

Joyce Mandeville

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