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

Anna King

Anna King was born in the East End of London and grew up in Hackney.

Barbara Ewing

Barbara Ewing is a New Zealand-born actress and author who lives in London. She has a university degree in English and Maori and won the Bancroft Gold Medal at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Please visit the author's website www.barbaraewing.com

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.

Bernice Rubens

Bernice Rubens was born in Wales. Her novels include the Booker-Prize winning THE ELECTED MEMBER and A FIVE YEAR SENTENCE, which was shortlisted for the same award.

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.

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.

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

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.

Joyce Mandeville

Joyce Mandeville lives and writes in Vermont.

Katie O'Rourke

Katie O'Rourke grew up in New Hampshire. She now lives in Tucson, Arizona where she was inspired to start writing her first novel MONSOON SEASON. Her second novel A LONG THAW is now available. Both books are published by Canvas.Katie is currently house hunting, painting and working on her next novel.

Maree Giles

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.

Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy is renowned as both a poet and a novelist and has won the Arthur C. Clarke award. She lives in Cape Cod, US, with her husband, the novelist Ira Wood, and five cats.

Mary Stanley

Mary Stanley was born in London and educated in Dublin. Graduating from Trinity College she has studied and worked in Italy, England, Malta, Ireland and Germany. She is the author of Retreat, Missing, Revenge, Searching for Home and The Umbrella Tree. The Hijacking of Cassie Peters is her seventh novel. She now lives in Dublin. For further information see www.marystanley.com

Melanie La'Brooy

Melanie La'Brooy is the author of the bestselling novels LOVE STRUCK, THE WISH LIST and SERENDIPITY. Although she wrote The Babymoon shortly after the birth of her first child, she would like to make it clear that this book is fiction, as the though of making love while dressed in a Carlton football jumper makes her feel ill. When Melanie isn't writing, walking her dog, doing the laundry, trying to find the 'off' switch on the singing Winnie-the-Pooh, cleaning the high chair or being used as a teething ring by her beloved baby, she likes to pass out unconscious against the nearest available surface.