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"A parcel of patterns brought the plague to Eyam. A parcel sent up from London to George Vicars, a journeyman tailor, who was lodging with Mrs. Cooper in a cottage by the west end of the churchyard.
So begins Mall Percival's account of how her village of Eyam struggled against the plague. George Vicars dies on September 6, 1665, and by the end of October, twenty-five more townsfolk have been buried. As the deaths continue, the villagers, including Mall, begin to panic--helpless to fight off the disease. Uncertain as to how it is contracted and passed from one person to another, Mall forces herself to make a sacrifice that radically changes her life--she decides to stops seeing Thomas Torre, a man from another village, the man she hopes to marry. In June of 1966, at their minister's urging, the entire village makes a pact to protect those who live in the surrounding countryside by staying within the boundaries of Eyam.
Although Mall longs to see Thomas, she remains steadfast in her resolution, until one day Thomas runs into the center of Eyam, knowing that he will not be allowed to leave, yet fearing that Mall has died. Mall and Thomas marry, but their happiness is short-lived. Finally, in October of 1666, the pestilence subsides. Mall, overwhelmed by grief and sorrow, decides to write a chronicle of all she has witnessed in Eyam, hoping that it will set her free.
About the Author:
Jill Paton Walsh is the author of books for adults, young adults and children. Her novel Knowledge of Angels was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Her crime novels and mystery novels include The Attenbury Emeralds, A Presumption of Death, The Wyndham Case and A Piece of Justice, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. With Dorothy L. Sayers, she was co-author of Thrones, Dominations. Her novels for children and young adults include The Green Book. She lives in Cambridge, England.
Titolo: A Parcel of Patterns
Casa editrice: Puffin Books
Data di pubblicazione: 1994
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Puffin Books, London, 1993. Soft Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Reprint. 137 pages. Light corner crease to front cover, else fine: tight & clean with no other defects. Historical fiction for older children through adults about the Great Plague and its tragic effects on a single English village, movingly told in the voice of a young woman who sees her relatives and neighbours dying around her while she tries to discourage her beloved from coming to their aid for fear of passing the sickness on to him. Codice libro della libreria C701524
Descrizione libro Puffin Books, London, UK, 1983. Soft Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Pages: 136; Weight: 3oz; Size: 7.1" x 4.3" x 0.3". Minor edgewear and 2 lightly creased corners on cover, page edges lightly tanned, otherwise clean, unmarked, tight copy. Codice libro della libreria 03306
Descrizione libro Puffin Books, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 140362592
Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR001270655
Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Codice libro della libreria GOR001385637