The Picture Book

Jo Baker

Published: 5 April 2012
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 464 pages
ISBN: 9781846273827


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.

About the author

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Jo Baker is the author of three previous novels, Offcomer,The Mermaid's Child and The Telling (Portobello 2008). More about the author


‘This is a wonderful novel that readers will hold onto and consider among the most important books they have ever read. The Picture Book is quite simply a life-changer.’ Glenn Patterson



‘What Baker is so good at is evoking atmosphere, so that you're right there with the characters... The novel is full of really gripping descriptions, with such sensitive detail embedded in them. Very satisfying.’ Margaret Forster

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