In The Pattern in the Carpet Margaret Drabble explores her own family story alongside the history of her favourite childhood pastime – the jigsaw.
The result is an original and moving personal history about remembrance, growing older, the importance of play and the ways in which we make sense of our past by ornamenting our present.
A beautifully written and deeply personal book on the jigsaw and the part it plays in the patchwork of its distinguished author’s life. A mix of memoir, jigsaw history and the strange delights of puzzling.
‘A mature overview of a lifetime spent fitting objects together in various ways before breaking them up and beginning all over again’ Guardian