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Natalie Fergie: The Sewing Machine
Wed 3 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Blackwell's Bookshop is delighted to host the launch for The Sewing Machine, the debut novel by Natalie Fergie, published through crowd-funding platform Unbound.
About the book
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 100 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.
“An extraordinarily accomplished and beautiful debut novel woven with historical detail.” Rachael Lucas, author of Sealed with a Kiss.
"The Sewing Machine tenderly evokes the true value of the personal heritage we pass down, through generations and beyond families, with the objects that we love. Illuminating our shared history through the private histories of four remarkable women, this is a hopeful and poignant debut that lingers long after the final page." Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers
Natalie will be in conversation with Sasha de Buyl-Pisco.
About Natalie Fergie
Natalie Fergie is a textile enthusiast, and has spent the last ten years running a one-woman dyeing business, sending parcels of colourful and unique yarn and thread all over the world. Before this she had a career in nursing. She lives near Edinburgh. The Singer 99K which was the inspiration for this novel has had at least four previous owners, possibly more. It was bought for £20 from someone who lived in Clydebank, just a stone’s throw from the site of the factory where it was made a hundred years earlier. It’s quite possible that there are another eight sewing machines in her house. Natalie blogs at nataliefergie.com and tweets as @theyarnyard
For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or email@example.com