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Tender, funny and memorable, Book of Lost Threads is a story about love and loss, parents and children, hope, faith and the value of simple kindness.

Moss has run away from Melbourne to Opportunity on the trail of a man she knows only by name. But her arrival sets in train events that disturb the long-held secrets of three of the town' s inhabitants: Finn, a brilliant mathe
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 2010 by Allen & Unwin
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Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Moss began softly at first, her voice slowly swelling…Pure silver sound vibrated the dust motes in Mrs Pargetter’s front room, floated into the frosty night air and out into the streets of the tired little town. Helen Porter, walking her dog, felt a prickling along her spine. Cocky Benson, in a drunken stupor, brushed aside the tears that wet his corroded cheeks, and Sharon Simpson stopped painting her toenails and lifted her head to listen. Merv Randall, pausing as he wiped down the bar, brief ...more
☼♄Jülie 

This story was a real nice surprise, I thought it would be a good read but I wasn't expecting to be so captivated by it.

It's a story about the unexpected, unforeseen and unintentional complications that arose out the choices that were made by several people from very different walks of life, and the ongoing effects of those choices, how they impacted so many, both directly and indirectly. Then ultimately connected them all in some manner.

I just love the way this author can artfully translate th
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a stand-out book of the year for me. It was engrossing as well as thoughtful and intelligent. We follow the stories of a number of characters - all suffering loss and loosely entwined with each other. There is a lot of wisdom evident in the telling - characters trusted to find solutions, to think and feel their way to recovery and reconciliation. The stories come together like a symphony, blending and harmonising, gaining strength from individual parts. It is beautifully and confidently ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: overdrive, 2011
Goodness. I thought I'd have a quick read before cooking tea. Famous last words. I'm not even quite sure why I decided to get this book out on Overdrive - if I saw it reviewed somewhere, or if I just liked the look of it, but goodness, it's got me hooked. Catharsis. In a big way.

Yup. Hard to believe it is a first novel. The warmth and empathy of the writer is very evident. A much appreciated book.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-library
What a lovely book. Nothing earth shattering, but a really nice, easy read. Makes you feel hugging your friends afterwards.
Sonia Mcintosh
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

This is not a book that I would usually pick up but I have read it as part of the State Library of Victoria Summer Read competition. Summer read encourages people to turn off the TV and pick up a book. They have a selection of books that are either set in Victoria or by a Victorian author.
This is Tess Evans' first novel and she has written a poignant wonderful book. The characters are believable and have lost some of the threads that hold their life together. Moss is looking for her father and
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up until 1am finishing this book last night, and sobbing like a baby throughout most of it! What a wonderful novel, so compelling and emotional, I haven't felt that attached to a book since The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Moss, Finn, Sandy, Mrs Pargetter, Hamish, Ana and Lusla Ngilu each have their own story to tell, and they are seamlessly weaved together by the author. Sandy is redeemed, Finn is freed and Mrs Pargetter's story is just gut-wrenching! The tea-cosies a ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some books strike a chord at the right time....this one did. I have recommended it to friends, but they didn't see in what I did...absolutely loved it.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I am a tiny bit conflicted by this book. I was very pleasantly surprised early by the book, slowly building up characters and their back stories, introducing others and then deftly weaving them all together. There wasn't really a climax as such, since the timeline jumped around a little too much for there to be a lot of tension, but I did really quite enjoy it, but felt a little let down by the resolution which seemed rushed compared to the rest of the book.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Book of Lost Threads was a very interesting read for me. The book is based around Finn and his daughter Moss, who are both struggling with their lives. Numerous themes are explored in this book, for example same sex parents, family abuse. The threads seem to me to be the lives of different people with some connecting well and others not.

The author established a good sense of place and can relate to Opportunity where most of the book is set as a typical Australian country town. The character
Lyn Hadley
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A thought provoking & enjoyable read which followed the personal journeys of 4 people in a small town, as they sought to resolve areas of grief, guilt & regret in their lives. The story had some very touching & memorable moments, a powerful theme, lovely descriptive writing, witty humour & very likeable characters. I’m keen to read more from this author, this book being her first novel. It ‘hit the spot’ for me, with a story that is emotionally impacting & moving in a truthfu ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a beautifully subtle, warm and intricately woven story. It was about how 4 very different people were drawn together as each of them were dealing with their own personal struggles. The story highlighted the benefits of developing trust, support and friendship as a result of their situations. I really enjoyed sharing their journeys.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I'm really tired now from staying up late too many nights in a row to read it :) Highly recommend it. Great story, that's just a little bit out of the box, the characters really felt real to me
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
A lovely story....great worth the read!
Antoinette Buchanan
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww2014
A book about identity and loss, it's never too late to make amends and the power of names and hand knitted tea cosies. Simply beautiful. A slow burn.
Maggie Dygut
Jun 17, 2010 rated it liked it
good, but the ending is improbable; any Australian country town would skin you ALIVE if you dared touch their sacred footy ground.
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, australian, library
I found this rather trite. Lots of telling rather than showing.
Kelly Callaghan
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I did love this book, despite the awkward style at the start and all the formatting problems in the eBook version.

Miranda Ophelia Sinclair, know as Moss, was conceived by artificial insemination. Having 2 mothers caused her problems at school. After a family fight she leaves university to find the father she has never know, ending up in a small Victorian town. As the story progresses we get the background of each of the main characters. And through all the ups and downs we hope everything ends h
Jodie Warner
Jan 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I feel a bit mean giving this only 1 star but here goes- it was fussy, anachronistic and over-wrought. I liked the premise but it really was a book of Loose Threads that seemed forced together. Another reviewer has written that there was too much telling and not enough showing and I cannot agree enough with that statement! I found the timelines difficult to follow- how old is Finn/Michael?! Late thirties? But then is asked if he has grandkids. It doesn’t make sense. Needed a good edit and some b ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was an unexpected gem for me. The beauty of it lay in the true human-ness of the characters with all of their strengths and their flaws. The storylines gradually intertwine to reveal complex histories. Grief is multi-layered, it cycles, it does not end but rather, it moves through different planes of intensity and awareness. This author’s gentle exploration of grief was deeply moving and left me in tears. Ultimately, this book is about the importance of kindness and how even the smalle ...more
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Tess Evans has written a moving novel based on relationships between mothers, fathers, children, family and friends. It is a great book to snuggle up with, a quick read that kept me wanting to pick it up any time I could. The characters in Book of Lost Threads are people you want to get to know, feel familiar with after reading the book and touch the heart. For me I felt for the characters and enjoyed being a passenger on their journeys. Book of Lost Threads centres around Moss, Finn, Lily Parge ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful, easy read with intertwining stories of people seeking ways to resolve grief and maintain memories. I really enjoyed it.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It had all the elements required for a good read. Drama, fraught relationships, love, sadness, life lessons, good characters. Well worth a read.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 but I'll round to 4. Nice to read a charming story set in Australia.
Bree T
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Miranda Ophelia Sinclair – known as Moss – has run away from Melbourne to the small town of Opportunity in country Victoria. She is searching for a man she knows nothing about – just his name, his address and the fact that he’s important to her. She needs to find him, get to know him and get some answers about herself and the past.

Michael Finbar Clancy – known as Finn – also ran away many years ago after a tragic event. He hides away in Opportunity, working from home and keeping to himself and o
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-fiction
Book of Lost Threads written by Tess Evans in 2010 is awesome. This is Tess's first novel and what a touching story.
Michael Finbar Clancy – known as Finn – has been involved in a tragic event and hasn't coped over many years. He avoids life, hides away in a monastery and finally ends up in a Victorian country town called Opportunity, working from home and keeping to himself and occasionally going ‘bush’, camping with just his thoughts for company. Finn shows how one incident, one mistake can ch
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters were interesting and the story flowed and I just wanted to keep reading until I was finished.
Rita H. Azar
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rita by: Library book club

In Book of Lost Threads, four mismatched characters meet in the town of Opportunity and help each other in order of coming to term with their past.

There is Moss, a young woman looking for a man who she has never met but who had a major impact on her life, Finn whose a recluse and who has spent most of his life grieving for a dramatic event, Sandy and his Great Galah project that will help him understanding who truly his parents were and Mrs Pargetter who knits tea cosies for the United N
Jan 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
I have to admit this book started off not too bad. The first half gave the impression I'd be in for a story of a family reconnection. A daughter turns up on her biological father's doorstep, he lets her in, they get to know pieces of their life history, etc.

And then, things started turning a little funny, and I don't mean the 'ha ha' kind of funny. I started noticing Inconsistencies. Inconsistencies which left me wondering who the heck edited this book? Did they even bother to read more then the
Tess Evans debut novel, Book of Lost Threads, is a warm story about four people, each suffering their own form of survivor's guilt about unanswered questions or unresolved disputes, finding their way to each other and learning to forgive themselves and reconnect with those around them.

The story is set in motion when Moss, a young girl seeking out the man who provided the sperm for her lesbian parents to conceive, turns up on Finn's doorstep in the small country town of Opportunity. Finn is haun
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