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The Children's Book

Byatt, A.S.

Published by Knopf, New York, 2009
ISBN 10: 0307272095 / ISBN 13: 9780307272096
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Title: The Children's Book

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st

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1st ptg., 8vo, signed by Byatt on the title page, fine in fine, unclipped dj. Bookseller Inventory # 20979

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Synopsis: 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.

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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