A.S. Byatt with Adam Thirlwell: The Children's Book

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A.S. Byatt with Adam Thirlwell: The Children's Book

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In The Escape (Cape), Thirlwell’s second novel following the critically acclaimed Politics, 78-year-old Haffner – charming, morally dubious, egotistical, Jewish – is staying in a small town in the Alps at the end of the 20th century. He is seeking a cure, redress, more women (and ignoring the will of his wife). Through the story of his couplings and uncouplings, questions emerge: how can you ever desert your past, your family, your history? How do you remain a libertine? Byatt’s The Children’s Book (Chatto & Windus) is the absorbing story of the close of what has been called the Edwardian summer: the deceptively languid, blissful period that ended with the cataclysmic destruction of World War I. The novel centres around Olive Wellwood, a fairy tale writer, and her circle, and moves between generations following the children who must choose whether to adopt the roles expected of them or stand up to their parents’ “porcelain socialism”. Byatt and Thirlwell both talk about their work and discuss European literature and the art of the novel.

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