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The Children's Book

A. S. Byatt

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rosalyn Landor

Length:

30h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:41


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:17


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:38


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:31


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:32


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:57


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:23


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:07


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:16


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:16


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:23


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:43


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:21


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:06


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:22


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:55


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:16


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:44


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:28


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:44


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

09:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:37


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:31


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:13


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:48


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:38


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:24


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:45


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:05


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:54


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:22


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:38


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:05


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:46


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:17


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:45


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:20


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:02


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:11


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:30


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:22


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:03


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:18


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:30


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:49


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:32


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:08


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:14


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:19


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:04


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:22


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:02


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:06


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:33


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

09:03


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:17


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:24


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:10


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:21


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:14


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:07


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:08


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:13


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:16


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:37


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:59


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:27


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:40


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:44


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:39


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:16


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:01


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:39


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:03


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:17


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:44


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

08:21


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:09


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:55


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:17


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:34


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:40


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:58


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

07:24


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:47


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:41


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:02


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:30


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:56


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:51


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:00


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:26


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:19


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

05:20


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

08:41


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

06:13


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:39


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

05:04


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

01:48


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:26


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

08:11


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:42


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:04


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:41


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:33


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:51


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:40


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

07:04


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

07:00


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

05:30


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

05:17


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

06:06


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

06:59


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:40


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:41


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

04:59


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

05:00


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

06:44


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

05:14


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

06:11


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

08:22


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

06:05


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

07:35


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

06:07


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

04:46


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

02:31


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

09:13

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