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The children's book : a novel
A. S. Byatt
Adult Fiction BYATT

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Summary: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize A spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, from the Booker Prize-winning author ofPossession,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 Bookis 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.


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main characters Olive Wellwood
Female
Married
Writes children's fairy tales.
Writer

Benedict Fludd
Male
Craftsman

. Phillip Warren
Male
Runaway
Benedict's apprentice.
Apprentice

Prosper Cain
Male
Soldier

Basil Wellwood
Male
Olive's brother-in-law; works for the Bank of England.
Banker

Dorothy Wellwood
Female
Olive's daughter; wants to become a doctor.

Hedda Wellwood
Female
Feminist
Olive's daughter; wants to fight for women's rights.

Tom Wellwood
Male
Olivia's son; sent to an upper-class school, but enjoys his time in the woods.



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