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The Children's Book [electronic Resource]

A Novel

By A. S. (Antonia Susan) Byatt, 1936-

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format

Ebook

Publish Date

2009

ISBN

9780307272959


Format: Ebook
Author: Byatt, A. S. (Antonia Susan), 1936-
Summary: 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--a world that conceals more treachery and darkness than Philip has ever imagined and that will soon be eclipsed by far greater forces.
Title: The children's book [electronic resource] : a novel / A.S. Byatt.
Publisher Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Subject: Women authors -- Fiction Children and adults -- Fiction. Runaway children -- Fiction Country homes -- England -- Fiction. Family secrets -- Fiction World War, 1914-1918 -- England -- Fiction
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Isbn: 9780307272959 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions) 0307272958 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
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Call Number: PR6052.Y2 C48 2009eb
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Format: Ebook
Author: Byatt, A. S. (Antonia Susan), 1936-
Summary: 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--a world that conceals more treachery and darkness than Philip has ever imagined and that will soon be eclipsed by far greater forces.
Title: The children's book [electronic resource] : a novel / A.S. Byatt.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Description: 1 online resource (675 p.)
Subjects: Women authors -- Fiction
Subjects: Children and adults -- Fiction.
Subjects: Runaway children -- Fiction
Subjects: Country homes -- England -- Fiction.
Subjects: Family secrets -- Fiction
Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 -- England -- Fiction
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Genre: Electronic books.
Genre: Electronic books.
Notes: Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 2009.
Notes: Description based on print version record
Notes: B002PMVY2Y (Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN))
Web Site: http://myrcpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=C7883272-02FE-483E-9233-9CD97A1694D7 Click here to check out and download.
Web Site: http://myrcpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=C7883272-02FE-483E-9233-9CD97A1694D7 Click here to check out and download.
ISBN: 9780307272959 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
ISBN: 0307272958 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
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Call Number: PR6052.Y2 C48 2009eb