One Illumined Thread

Colin-James, Sally

A beautiful, enthralling and powerful story of three women separated by centuries, yet connected by a thread of longing and a singular creative spirit – for readers of Geraldine Brooks, Sarah Winman, Maggie O’Farrell and Pip Williams.

In ancient Judea, under the brutal rule of King Herod, a woman yearns for a child but is outcast when she does not fall pregnant. Against all convention she masters the art of glassblowing, a creative act she believes will keep her dream of motherhood alive. In Renaissance Florence a young wife is left penniless by her hopelessly unfaithful husband. While all around her artistic decadence abounds, she struggles to find a way to support herself and her young son. And in contemporary Australia, a talented textile conservator, devastated by loss, is desperate to break free from the isolation that puts her life at risk.

Each woman wants something that seems unattainable, and it will take all their courage, creativity and determination to achieve it. But what they don’t know is that their lives are inextricably linked.

A stunning, sweeping historical novel spanning two thousand years, One Illumined Thread celebrates the power and creative spirit of the female heart, as three women separated by centuries find freedom through an extraordinary connection.