Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Thread and Thessaloniki

I can't wait to read The Thread by Victoria Hislop. I loved her previous books The Island and The Return. The Thread will be an extra special read for me as its set in my current home town Thessaloniki in greece. Here is the synopsis,

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a fire sweeps through the thriving multicultural city, where Christians, Jews and Moslems live side by side. It is the first of many catastrophic events that will change for ever this city, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people. Five years later, young Katerina escapes to Greece when her home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she finds herself on a boat to an unknown destination. From that day the lives of Dimitri and Katerina become entwined, with each other and with the story of the city itself. Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears the life story of his grandparents for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of people who have been forcibly driven from their beloved city. Should he become their new custodian? Should he stay or should he go?

Thessaloniki is a very special city as it has been through so many wars and so many different occupations. Even now after years of struggling to rebuild itself a future it now has a setback with the crumbling Greek economy. It is a great city though, with a great atmosphere and friendly people. I really recommend it for a city break. I've posted below a few pics of the city below. The first one features the White Tower, Thessaloniki's main symbol of struggle and liberation and the second pic features the city wall which has fallen into many wrongful hands.


  1. Oooh, looks like a good read. I will definitely be getting it. Very intrigued, as I will always love Thessaloniki. :)

  2. Need to get the book! I saw it advertised, but didn't read a synopsis so had no idea what it was about. Loving the pics of Thessaloniki!