The Sewing Machine

The Sewing Machine
Pub date April 2017
Original publisher Unbound (World)





Over 100,000 copies sold

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her.

More than a hundred years after his grandmother’s sewing machine was made, Fred discovers a treasure trove of documents. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams. He starts to unpick the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.


‘A tapestry of strong characters and accomplished writing’ – Herald Scotland

‘A hopeful and poignant debut that lingers long after the final page’ – Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers


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