Tracy Chevalier’s ‘trail of two cities’ along the Clarendon Way

The novelist follows in the footsteps of the heroine of her new book, A Single Thread, on a pilgrimage between the two magnificent cathedrals of Winchester and Salisbury

When researching my novels I often do what my characters do. While writing Girl with a Pearl Earring, I took a painting class. For Remarkable Creatures, I hunted for fossils on the beach at Lyme Regis, just as Mary Anning did. For my latest novel, A Single Thread, I learned needlepoint the way my heroine Violet Speedwell does – to make cushions and kneelers for Winchester cathedral in the 1930s.

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