A Parcel of Patterns Paperback by Jill Paton Walsh

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A Parcel of Patterns Paperback by Jill Paton Walsh

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  • Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics (2022-04-26)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9781784877385
  • Item Weight: 170.1 grams
  • Dimensions: 7.76 x 5.07 x 0.51 cm


1665, Eyam, Derbyshire.
'Here I have set down all that I know of the Plague'

It is 1665 and Mall Percival is a shepherd girl living in a Derbyshire village. She tends her flock, spends time with her best friend and teaches her young suitor to read. But one day a parcel of patterns, meant for a new dress for the pastor's wife, wings its way from London.

The parcel carries an infection that spreads with horrifying speed. Herbal teas and open windows are the only defence against the sickness. Yet the villagers make a brave and selfless decision: to isolate themselves from the rest of the country. It is a lockdown that saves the neighbouring towns, but at heart-breaking cost to Mall's world.

Based on the true events of the village of Eyam, this is the story of a courageous sacrifice that saved Derbyshire and beyond from a deadly virus.


'A pocket masterpiece' Guardian

Readers love A Parcel of Patterns

'I couldn't put it down'

'Brought me to tears too many times to count'

'If you think social distancing is hard in the Coronavirus pandemic, read this wonderful novel based on the true story of the village of Eyam'

About the Author

Jill Paton Walsh (1937-2020) was an award-winning author of many books for children, young adults, and adults including The Green Book, A Parcel of Patterns, the Booker Prize shortlisted Knowledge of Angels, and the Whitbread Prize winner The Emperor's Winding Sheet. She completed Dorothy L. Sayers's unfinished Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane mystery manuscript, the international bestseller Thrones, Dominations, and continued Sayers's series with A Presumption of Death, The Attenbury Emeralds, and The Late Scholar.

She held numerous posts connected to literature, including an Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship, acting as a Whitbread Prize judge, and serving on the committee of the Society of Authors. She contributed articles and reviews to many journals. In 1996 Walsh was awarded a CBE for services to literature and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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