The Girl on the Wall: One Life's Rich Tapestry

The Girl on the Wall: One Life's Rich Tapestry

Jean Baggott is 'the girl on the wall' - a 1948 photograph taken of her when she was eleven - whose life was never going to be remarkable and the pinnacle of whose achievements would come from being a wife and a mother. Almost 60 years later, with her children gone, dealing with the loss of the love of her life, Jean began the education denied to her as a girl. Inspired by ceilings of Lincolnshire's Burghley House and by the History degree she had begun, Jean began to stitch a tapestry which looked back at her life and the changing world around her. It took sixteen months to complete. The tapestry consists of over 70 intersecting circles, each telling some aspect of her life. Some represent extraordinary events such as the moon landings or world historical news stories like the Cuban Missile Crisis; some circles comment on famous people and places she remembers, others about the music she loves - Pink Floyd - and the games she played as a child, and growing up during the second world war with her brothers. Each chapter of "The Girl on the Wall" features a circle from the tapestry and Jean's accompanying narrative, exploring the circle and the memories it evokes. It reveals an ordinary life in extraordinary detail. The result is a truly unique, touching portrait of a seemingly average British woman's life. To stand back and look at the tapestry is to be struck by the richness of one human journey - from 1940 to the present day. The girl on the wall would be proud. The book includes a full-colour pull-out of Jean's tapestry inside the back cover.

Title:The Girl on the Wall: One Life's Rich Tapestry
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781848311268
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    The Girl on the Wall: One Life's Rich Tapestry Reviews

  • Icon Books

    An extraordinary memoir – told through a hand-sewn tapestry – of a very ordinary English life .As the clock struck midnight on 31 December 1999, Jean Baggott vowed that from that point on her life...

  • Sidra

    I truly enjoyed the book. it was about her simple life growing up. I like the fact it was biographical and also included the facts that happened during those times. also, it was interesting to see her...

  • Darla Ebert

    Clever application of personal creativity of a needlework variety to (for a change) happier memories of life during and just after WW 2 in Great Britain. I liked the way the author crafted her tapestr...

  • Eleanor

    Interesting insight into one's persons memories, but the flow of the tales was rather haphazard and therefore became a distraction in the telling of the story of Jean Baggott's life. I could relate to...

  • Alice Dove

    Some parts were interesting, well constructed and amusing, however for me this book did not draw me in on the whole. I felt that the way it was created was its down side unfortunately because, as it ...

  • Bonnie Jones

    A memoir of a lady's life told through her tapestry. I enjoyed many parts of this book but as it wasn't a complete story from start to finish I skipped some of the sections that didn't particularly in...

  • Karen

    Reading, embroidery and social history - three of my favourite thing rolled into one. A biography in which the author talks about her life in West Bromwich from the 1940s onwards, illustrated by her o...