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Games played in childhood will always take us back to a heavenly past, says Margaret Drabble, who owes a favourite one to an evening with Princess Margaret

Diabolo, a juggling game played with sticks and a spinning top, is a potent symbol of nostalgia in the work of Proust

The best games were those we played with my aunt when we stayed with her during the Easter holidays. She taught us how to play, but she didn’t seem to be teaching. She didn’t go in for clever word games that put too much strain on invention and the imagination. She liked board games with simple rules like Snakes and Ladders and Monopoly (we had our own version called Millionaire), and uncomplicated games with moving pieces like Halma…

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