Jigsaw (novel)

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Jigsaw: An Unsentimental Education is a semi-autobiographical novel by Sybille Bedford first published in 1989, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize of that year.[1] In many ways a follow-up to her earlier work, A Legacy, it is the story of a girl called Billi as she grows up and experiences sexual, intellectual and emotional awakenings. When Billi's father dies, she leaves behind her childhood in Germany for life with her morphine-addicted mother on the French Riviera.

The novel met with great acclaim when it was published,[2] and Victoria Glendinning and Roger Kimball both cite it as evidence of Bedford's underrated brilliance.[3][4] It was republished by Eland in 2005, and released in a new edition by Eland in 2012.[5]


  1. ^ "Man Booker Prize: Shortlists and Winners". e-Anglais.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Guppy, Shusha (Spring 1993). "Sybille Bedford, An Interview". Paris Review (126). Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Glendinning, Victoria (13 March 2011). "Sybille Bedford: Credit where it's long overdue". The Observer. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Kimball, Roger (April 1994). "Without Rancour: Sybille Bedford's Achievement". The New Criterion. 12 (8): 11. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jigsaw: An Unsentimental Education". Eland Books. Retrieved 12 September 2016.