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Description - The Picture Book by Jo Baker

Set against the rolling backdrop of a century of British history from WWI to the 'War on Terror', this is an intimate family portrait captured in snapshots. First there is William, the factory lad who loses his life in Gallipoli, then his son Billy, a champion cyclist who survives the D-Day Landings on a military bicycle, followed by his crippled son Will who becomes an Oxford academic in the 1960s, and finally his daughter Billie, an artist in contemporary London.

Just as the names - William, Billy, Will, Billie - echo down through the family, so too the legacy of choices made, chances lost, and secrets kept. Rich in drama and sensuous in detail, The Picture Book is a beautifully crafted story about parents and children, about fate and repetition, and about the possibility of breaking free.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846273827
ISBN-10: 184627382X
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jo Baker

Jo Baker is the author of three previous novels, Offcomer, The Mermaid's Child and The Telling.

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