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The Children's Book
by A.S. Byatt

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The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt Overview

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize A spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, from the Booker Prize–winning author of Possession, that spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers around a famous children’s book author and the passions, betrayals, and secrets that tear apart the people she loves. When Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize A spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, from the Booker Prize–winning author of Possession, that spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers around a famous children’s book author and the passions, betrayals, and secrets that tear apart the people she loves. When Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a runaway named Philip sketching in the basement of the new Victoria and Albert Museum—a talented working-class boy who could be a character out of one of Olive’s magical tales—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. As these lives—of adults and children alike—unfold, lies are revealed, hearts are broken, and the damaging truth about the Wellwoods slowly emerges. But their personal struggles, their hidden desires, will soon be eclipsed by far greater forces, as the tides turn across Europe and a golden era comes to an end. Taking us from the cliff-lined shores of England to Paris, Munich, and the trenches of the Somme, The Children’s Book is a deeply affecting story of a singular family, played out against the great, rippling tides of the day. It is a masterly literary achievement by one of our most essential writers.

A.S. Byatt

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A.S. Byatt (Antonia Susan Byatt) is internationally known for her novels and short stories. Her novels include the Booker Prize winner Possession, The Biographer’s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Ey

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Original Title The Children's Book ISBN 0307272095 (ISBN13: 9780307272096 ) Edition Language English Characters Olive Wellwood, Tom Wellwood, Dorothy Wellwood, Julian Cain, Humphrey Wellwood...more , Philip Warren, Elsie Warren, Prosper Cain, Benedict Fludd, Florence Cain, Pomona Fludd, Imogen Fludd, Griselda Wellwood, Charles Wellwood, Hedda Wellwood, Phyllis Wellwood, Violet Grimwith, Florian Wellwood, Robin Wellwood, Henry Wellwood, Basil Wellwood, Katharina Wellwood, Seraphita Fludd, Marian Oakeshott, Robin Oakeshott, Anselm Stern, Toby Youlgreave, Herbert Methley, Augustus Steyning...less setting England Literary Awards Man Booker Prize Nominee (2009), James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (2009), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2009) (50)