The 12 books of Christmas: The Children’s Book

The Children's Book

If you’re looking for something to give the literature lover in your life—the reader in the family who likes nothing more than to get lost in a big story—look no further. A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book is a masterful look at the early years of the 20th century through the lens of a large, upper-class bohemian Edwardian family.

Byatt builds her world meticulously, and the reader feels fully enveloped in a world that is in some ways before its time: full of artists, feminists, anarchists, nudists and other idealists who thought they could create utopia. What came instead was the Great War, which provides a powerful coda to this memorable story.

The Children’s Book narrowly missed our 2009 Fiction Top 10 and was a personal favorite of mine this year—if I haven’t gone on about it enough to convince you here, read the full review.

Read the rest of our 12 books of Christmas series.

2 Responses to The 12 books of Christmas: The Children’s Book

  1. CJ says:

    My sister and her husband gave me this for Christmas! I can’t wait to read it.

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