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A Parcel of Patterns

A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh

Author: Jill Paton Walsh


Available on backorder


Page Count:208

Date Published:3 Mar 2022



A PLAGUE – A VILLAGE – A LOCKDOWN 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’

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