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The Children's Book

The Children's Book

Author: A. S. Byatt
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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.

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By the author of Possession, a marvellous, gripping, panoramic novel of family secrets, about predators and innocents, war and peace, art and society.


Winner of James Tait Black Memorial Book Prizes: Fiction 2009. Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009.

Author description

A.S. Byatt is internationally acclaimed as a novelist, short story-writer and critic. Her books include Possession (winner of the Booker Prize in 1990), and the quartet of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman. Educated at York and Newnham College, Cambridge, she taught at the Central School of Art and Design, and was Senior Lecturer in English at University College, London, before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.

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General Fields

  • : 9780099535454
  • : Random House
  • : Random House
  • : December 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 31mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2009
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 624
  • : oc2009070044
  • : General Adult
  • : 823/.914
  • : English
  • : 2010
  • : Paperback
  • : A. S. Byatt