A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh

It is 1665 and the Black Death has arrived in the Derbyshire village of Eyam. In this extract from A Parcel of Patterns, 16-year-old Mall Percival and her neighbours face an impossible decision...

Jill Paton Walsh
Flay lay of book, A Parcel of Patterns, surrounded by sewing supplies
Photography © Aashfaria A. Anwar

‘My friends, the safety of all the country round about is in our keeping.’

‘None shall cross the parish bounds, for life or death, until the Plague has run its course and departed from us.’

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