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The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

The author offers an innovative mix of memoir, jigsaw-puzzle history, and the strange delights of puzzling, in a book where she offers penetrating sketches of her family members and shares her thoughts on the importance of childhood play, on art and writing, and on aging and memory.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547391540
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Margaret Drabble
Author:
Drabble, Margaret
Subject:
Drabble, Margaret
Subject:
Jigsaw puzzles -- History.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Puzzles
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-BIOGRAPHY
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Family & Relationships : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Publication Date:
September 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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Biography » Women
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History and Social Science » Sociology » Aging
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Crafts » General
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Games » General Puzzles
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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Product details 368 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780547391540 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author offers an innovative mix of memoir, jigsaw-puzzle history, and the strange delights of puzzling, in a book where she offers penetrating sketches of her family members and shares her thoughts on the importance of childhood play, on art and writing, and on aging and memory.
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