From the publisher:
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.
In The Pattern in the Carpet the award-winning and beloved writer 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 mature overview of a lifetime spent fitting objects together in various ways before breaking them up and beginning all over again”
“Touchingly human and often wise … a book with such enthusiasm for its subject matter that it makes you long to embark on your own jigsaw”
“Throws poignant light on the difficult jigsaw of human life – and on how to shed harmful thought patterns and reassemble them into something less destructive”