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Books: The Children's Book

By on May 9, 2009

Born at the end of the Victorian era, growing up in the golden summers of Edwardian times, a whole generation grew up unaware of the darkness ahead. This vivid, rich and moving saga is played out against the great, rippling tides of the day, taking us from the Kent marshes to Paris and Munich, and the trenches of the Somme.

For the Wellwood children in their rambling house near Romney Marsh life is played out in a storybook world and within the secret confines of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Into their world come surprising strangers, a working-class boy from the potteries, drawn by the beauty of the Museum’s treasures and a German puppeteer arrives, bringing dark dramas.

The world which seemed so full of promise and calm becomes rocked by political differences, Fabian arguments about class and free love and by the idealism of anarchists from Russia and Germany. In their innocence, they were betrayed unintentionally by the adults who loved them. In a profound sense, this novel is indeed the children’s book.

‘The Children’s Book’ by A.S. Byatt rrp £18.99 Waterstones Price £13.99 Click here to buy this title online

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