The Pattern in the Carpet: a personal history with jigsaws, by Margaret Drabble
“Doing jigsaws stimulates bizarre theories of art history.” How can you ignore a book that offers such fascinating thoughts? This is an easy book to miss. No shiny cover or celebrity author beckons, and I worry that many people who would really enjoy this one will miss it.
It’s a memoir on the role jigsaws and games played in Drabble’s life (particularly in her relationship with Aunt Phyl, in London), but it also a carefully researched history on jigsaws and a reflection on play, art, writing, aging, and memory. Do you know that jigsaws developed as “dissected maps” to help people learn about geography?