Reviews

  • "Intricately worked and sumptuously inlaid novel...seethes and pulses with an entangled life, of the mind and the senses alike. Colour and sensation flood Byatt's writing...she is a master-potter, or magic-working puppeteer"

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • "Superlatively displays both enormous reach and tremendous grip...sizzling with ideas and alive with imaginative energy, too...this is the most stirring novel AS Byatt has written since Possession"

    Sunday Times
  • "It's success is as a novel of ideas, forcefully and often memorably expressed, while the story follows darkening fortunes into a chastened postwar world"

    Helen Dunmore, The Times
  • "Compelling...strenuously inclusive and also tremendously enriching - an intricate tale, energetically fashioned from sturdy strands of material, by "a spinning fairy in the attic", an indefatigable storyteller"

    Irish Times
  • "Astonishing power and resonance"

    Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
  • "More than a novel, this is a historical primer, discursive, shimmering with colour and texture, containing stories within stories and giving walk-on parts to luminaries of the age... For fans of Byatt this is better than Possession. A truly great novel"

    Daily Express
  • "Light and lustrous, commanding and transporting, The Children's Book is superb"

    Daily Mail