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The Children's Book (Vintage International)


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ISBN13: 9780307473066
ISBN10: 0307473066
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From the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of Possession: a deeply affecting story of a singular family.


When children’s book author Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a runaway named Philip sketching in the basement of a museum, she takes him into the storybook world of her family and friends. But the joyful bacchanals Olive hosts at her rambling country house—and the separate, private books she writes for each of her seven children—conceal more treachery and darkness than Philip has ever imagined. The Wellwoods’ personal struggles and hidden desires unravel against a breathtaking backdrop of the cliff-lined shores of England to Paris, Munich, and the trenches of the Somme, as the Edwardian period dissolves into World War I and Europe’s golden era comes to an end.


About the Author

A. S. Byatt is the author of numerous novels, including the quartet The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman; The Biographer’s Tale; and Possession, which was awarded the Booker Prize. She has also written two novellas, published together as Angels & Insects; five collections of shorter works, including The Matisse Stories and Little Black Book of Stories; and several works of nonfiction. A distinguished critic as well as a novelist, she lives in London.

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Erin H, August 30, 2013 (view all comments by Erin H)
Though very long, this Booker-shortlisted novel is a literary tapestry of imagination, mystery and history, centering around the bohemian Wellwoods in late Victorian England. The story chronicles the matriarch, a whimsical children's book author, her many children and the family friends through adventure, misfortune and tarnished reputations, from naive childhood through the devastation of World War I. Though a dense book at times, it's fantastically rewarding, engrossing and enchanting.
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Jill Miller, August 3, 2012 (view all comments by Jill Miller)
I will start by confessing that I love A. S. Byatt's writing beyond all reason. I love her intricate and lucid sentences. I love her concrete, lush, physical imagery. I love her large vision of the intertwinings of us humans and our lives. The Children's Book, in particular, made me want to make art, of any kind; made me want to know more about pre-WWI Britain; made me grateful that,as a woman, I live when I live and not earlier.
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Sharon Dressen, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Sharon Dressen)
Even though it was published in 2009, "The Children's Book" by A S Byatt is the best book I read in 2011. An engrossing read, this book tells the sumptuous, darkly mysterious story of the Wellwood family and their circle of artists and friends during the Victorian era spanning through the World War 1 years. At the center is Olive Wellwood, a children's book author who writes magical, enchanting tales in separate books for each of her seven children. Dark, damaging secrets and personal struggles underly the Wellwoods' seemingly privileged, creative lives. I couldn't put this rich, lavish book down!
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Byatt, A S
Vintage Books USA
Literature-A to Z
fiction;historical fiction;england;fairy tales;wwi;family;british;novel;edwardian;victorian;art;historical;pottery;21st century;19th century;children;english literature;english;british literature;history;literary fiction;literature;war;britain;20th centur
fiction;historical fiction;england;fairy tales;wwi;family;british;edwardian;novel;victorian;historical;art;21st century;pottery;19th century;uk;british literature;english;children;english literature;war;literature;literary fiction;20th century;history;bri
fiction;historical fiction;england;fairy tales;wwi;family;british;edwardian;novel;victorian;art;historical;pottery;21st century;19th century;english;children;english literature;uk;british literature;literary fiction;literature;war;20th century;britain;edw
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