Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
Jan31

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of my absolute favourite authors. She wrote one of the most brilliant books ever – Life After Life. But I first discovered her through her Jackson Brodie detective series. It’s a long time since Jackson had an outing. Her latest novel, Big Sky, is her first Jackson Brodie book since 2010 and Started Early, Took My Dog. Just for a few pages, I found it slightly weird to be reading a detective story...

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Transcription by Kate Atkinson
May03

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of my absolute favourite authors. I would say that her book, Life After Life, is a work of absolute genuis and possibly my favourite book of all time. Last year, I went to hear her speak about her new book, Transcription, at Cheltenham Literature Festival. And I couldn’t wait to read it. Except I had to wait until it came out in paperback (hardbacks being too expensive for people who read as much as I did),...

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Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson
Jun15

Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of my absolute favourite authors (her novel Life After Life is literally one of the best books ever written). So I was very pleased earlier this year when I realised I hadn’t actually read all of her books and came across Emotionally Weird and Human Croquet. Effie is on a deserted Scottish island in a cold house with her mother, Nora. With nothing else to entertain themselves, they tell each other stories....

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Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson
Apr20

Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of my favourite authors (Life After Life is possibly my favourite book EVER) and I thought I’d read all of her books, so I was pleasantly surprised recently to discover a couple that I hadn’t read, including Human Croquet. Set in the 1960s, It is the story of 16 year old Isobel Fairfax, an awkward and often lonely teenager raised variously by her mother, father, aunt, grandmother and stepmother. Her...

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Feb12

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

I love all of Kate Atkinson’s books and have reviewed a fair few of them on this blog. Life After Life is one of my favourite books ever, so I was very pleased to see A God in Ruins, which is described as a ‘companion book’ to Life After Life. A God in Ruins is the life story of Teddy, beloved younger brother of Ursula from Life After Life. Teddy is a fighter pilot in World War II, a husband, a father and a...

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