The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble
A Personal History with Jigsaws

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The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression. Alongside curious facts and discoveries about jigsaw puzzles—did you know that the 1929 stock market crash was followed by a boom in puzzle sales?—Drabble introduces us to her beloved Auntie Phyl, and describes childhood visits to the house in Long Bennington on the Great North Road, their first trip to London together, the books they read, and the jigsaws they completed. She offers penetrating sketches of her parents, siblings, and children, and shares her thoughts on the importance of childhood play, on art and writing, and on aging and memory. And she does so with her customary intelligence, energy, and wit. This is a memoir like no other.
 

About Margaret Drabble

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MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of The Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, and The Needle's Eye, among other novels. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.
 
Published September 16, 2009 by Mariner Books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Parenting & Relationships, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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An accomplished voice of the British literary world recalls the puzzles that intrigued her in her youth and continue to do so in her maturity.

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The English novelist Margaret Drabble’s new book is a hybrid of sorts, part memoir and part discourse on the history of the jigsaw puzzle.

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It is also a book with .

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In fact, jigsaws are an integral .

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For younger readers, as if to demonstrate Drabble's point about jigsaws as literary metaphor, why not try Jigsaw by Garry Kilworth - who knows, readers may one day grow up to appreciate the joys of puzzling for themselves.

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