Olive Wellwood is a famous writer, interviewed with her children gathered at her knee. For each of them she writes a separate private book, bound in different colours and placed on a shelf. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, and those of their rich cousins, children of a city stockbroker, and their friends, the son and daughter of a curator at the new Victoria and Albert Museum, are already inscribed with mystery. Each family carries their own secrets.
Into their world comes a young stranger, a working-class boy from the potteries, drawn by the beauty of the Museum's treasures. And in midsummer a German puppeteer arrives, bringing dark dramas. The world seems full of promise but the calm is already rocked by political differences, by Fabian arguments about class and free love , by the idealism of anarchists from Russia and Germany. The sons rebel against their parents' plans; the girls dream of independent futures, becoming doctors or fighting for the vote.
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. 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. 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.
A new masterpiece by the author of Possession about family secrets, predators and innocents, war and peace, art and society.About the Author:
A.S. Byatt is internationally acclaimed as a novelist, short story-writer and critic. Her books include Possession, and the quartet of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman. She was appointed DBE in 1999.
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Descrizione libro Chatto & Windus, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0701183896
Descrizione libro Chatto & Windus, London UK, 2009. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper, Signed by the Author on the title page. Booker Shortlist 2009. Signed by Author. Codice libro della libreria 005779
Descrizione libro Chatto & Windus, London UK, 2009. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper, Signed by the Author on the title page. Booker Shortlist 2009. Signed by Author. Codice libro della libreria 005827
Descrizione libro Chatto & Windus London, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition... New copy of the world first edition hardback, opened only to obtain the signature. SIGNED on the title page, no dedication, just a perfect signature. This wonderful novel reaffirms the continuing brilliance of this writer. Said to have been printed in a tiny hardback first print run with many copies now inside the library system, so they are immediately out of the collector's reach. This superlative signed and unread FIRST PRINTING of the WORLD FIRST EDITION is safe inside a mint complete and protected jacket. This is now very hard to find, especially in this pristine condition. A near Booker winner. Sparkling, entertaining, and important; what more can be expected from a work of art? Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0. Signed by Author(s). Codice libro della libreria ABE-1789274277