The Children's Book

Historical characters

  • J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, compliments Olive's plays, a contemporary
  • Rupert Brooke, at college with Julian Cain, he attends all the right plays and parties.
  • William Morris, whose artworks are mentioned often and sets the tone for the Arts and Crafts subtext of the novel.
  • Bernard Palissy, mentioned throughout as the most expert of potters.
  • Oscar Wilde, shown in his declining years and at the Paris
  • Edward Carpenter, gay activist and advocate of "back to nature" approach as a cure for civilisation problems
  • George Merrill, Carpenter's lifelong companion
  • Emma Goldman, an anarchist known for her political activism, writing and speeches.
  • Marie Stopes, family planning pioneer

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