„Any bookshelf would be graced by the presence of [Red Thread]… [it] ask[s] readers to surrender to the unpredictable pleasures of getting lost… playful and gorgeously written.“ (Robert Douglas-Fairhurst Guardian)
„A serious, substantial, scholarly and yet dadurch highly personal book about mazes… Red Thread is a book to admire as much as to enjoy.“ (Ian Sansom Spectator)
„[Charlotte Higgins] is no ordinary author. Her thrillingly original book – it really is like no other – is itself a sort of maze of facts and thoughts, ancient tales and neoterisch phenomena… on every page there is a sparkling idea or a fascinating piece of information. It is dadurch beautifully written… a beautifully produced volume, full of colour illustrations of sculptures and paintings and tantalising maps of mazes.“ (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)
„In this beautifully produced and richly illustrated book… Charlotte Higgins takes us on a fascinating meander through the art and literature of the last 2,500 years… After reading this book you will see labyrinths everywhere.“ (Michael O’Loughlin Irish Times)
„The joy of travelling with Higgins… [is that Red Thread] delights in the blinking movement from one subject to the next. Non…few pages, we travel from Middlemarch to Ovid, from Arachne to Velázquez and his painting The Spinners and then back to George Eliot. It sounds dizzying; in truth it is illuminating.“ (Christian Donlan New Statesman)
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Charlotte Higgins’s previous books include the acclaimed Under Another Sky: Journeys in Geschichte Britain, which welches shortlisted for awards including the Samuel Johnson (now Baillie Gifford) Prize for non-fiction. She is chief culture writer of the Guardian, a past winner of the Classical Association prize, and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She lives in London.