The Children's Book

  • by A. S. Byatt
  • Narrated by Nicolette McKenzie
  • 31 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Olive Wellwood is a famous writer, interviewed with her children at her side. For each of them she writes a separate private book. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, those of their rich cousins and of their friends are already inscribed with mystery...

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A superbly researched family saga

A hugely detailed story spanning the end of the 19th century & the first two decades of the 20th. A tale of politics, family values (or lack of them) the birth of the Victoria & Albert museum, the class divide, women's suffrage & the horror & waste of the First World War intertwined with the story of a working class runaway from the potteries who dreams of becoming a true artist. The boy, Philip Warren, is taken in by a self-centred Children's novelist & introduced to a brilliant but troubled potter. A detailed & extraordinarily well researched book; a window on the social & political issues of the time wrapped up in a really good story!
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- kate

compelling and profound

this is a breath taking and ambitious novel that sucks you in and and hiolds you tight. it is an intelligent and wisely observed critique of events leading up to ww1? an exploration of art and the effect of rules on our ability to breath. rather wonderful. I am so grateful to the author.
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- erina reddan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2009
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks