The Pattern in the Carpet : A Personal History with Jigsaws, Paperback Book

The Pattern in the Carpet : A Personal History with Jigsaws Paperback


Margaret Drabble explores the history of the jigsaw alongside her own personal pursuit of what Boswell called the 'innocent soothing relief from melancholy' found in puzzles and board games.

Alongside eighteenth-century 'dissected maps', the intricate word-play of Georges Perec and the world's hardest five-thousand-piece jigsaw - a Jackson Pollock painting - Drabble recreates her own intimate childhood memories.

The result is a startling and original exploration of how we rearrange the world into patterns, both to make sense of our past and ornament our present.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, 3 x 4pp colour plates
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781843546207

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