The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt - May book

We'll set the date for this meet up at our April book club.
About the book:
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.
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  • Katie

    Sorry I just remembered i have my guitar class at that time. Hope to see you all next time. Happy reading. :)

    May 23, 2013

  • Diana

    Apologies I haven't finished the book due to sickness and work.

    May 22, 2013

  • Ellen

    Not likely to finish by Saturday:-(

    May 22, 2013

  • Vikki

    Have to regretfully change my rsvp to No this time. Hope I can join next time.

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've not had time to read much of the book.

    May 20, 2013

  • Karen

    Hi all! I'd love to join you guys. Where do you shop for your English books in HongKong?

    May 10, 2013

    • Kathy

      There are several outlets - Dymocks, Bookazine, HK Book Centre (also own Kelly and Walsh and Swindons), Commercial Press. Second hand books are at Flow and Booksmart. Online there is Paddyfield, which is local, and HK Book Centre and Bookazine also have a service. And of course Amazon and The Book Depository. Another option is Hong Kong Public Libraries. Most of the places named here have websites.

      May 13, 2013

    • Karen


      May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been busy doing a play, but have my "freetime" back. Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

    May 12, 2013

  • Maggie N.

    sorry have to tutor some kids! Have a good one

    May 5, 2013

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