How much of Sybille Bedford's wonderful novels are direct records of experience, how much the imaginative shaping of a born writer? In this book the Provencal village background shared with the Aldous Huxleys in the 1920s is brought before the reader, as is the Rhineland of the author's lonely childhood a few years earlier. Both are integrated into a work of art in which the real concern is moral. What is right? What is wrong? These are the questions that inform the characters and their conduct. Running through Jigsaw is a humour and understanding of life that is reminiscent of the novels of Jane Austen.
'Of all the women writers this century, Sybille Bedford is, to my mind, the finest.'
Julia Neuberger, Evening Standard
'A writer of consummate artistry.'
Auberon Waugh, Independent