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  • Published: 17 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784877385
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

A Parcel of Patterns



The gripping story of a historical lockdown, through the eyes of a brave 16-year-old girl.

'Here I have set down all that I know of the Plague'
It's 1665 and Mall Percival is a shepherd girl living in a Derbyshire village. She tends her flock, passes days with her best friend and teaches her young suitor to read. Until 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. Herb 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.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WHITBREAD PRIZE 1983

  • Published: 17 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781784877385
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Jill Paton Walsh

Jill Paton Walsh was educated at St Michael's Convent, North Finchley, and at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is the author of several highly praised adult novels: Lapsing, A School For Lovers, Knowledge of Angels, which was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize, Goldengrove Unleaving, The Serpentine Cave and A Desert in Bohemia. She has also won many awards for her children's literature, including the Whitbread Prize, the Universe Prize and the Smarties Award. She has three children and lives in Cambridge.

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Praise for A Parcel of Patterns

A pocket masterpiece

Guardian

A masterly tale

Lucy Mangan, Guardian

A beautifully written, meaningful story

Publishers Weekly

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