Life After Life
Kate Atkinson's stunning new novel, about a woman who lives through the most turbulent events of the 20th century, including the London Blitz, and which asks: What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?
What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
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Trade Paperback$32.95 RRPISBN: 9780385618687Published: 18/03/2013Imprint: DoubledayExtent: 480 pages
EBookCHECK RETAILER PRICEISBN: 9781409043799Published: 14/03/2013Imprint: Transworld DigitalExtent: 480 pages
Paperback$19.99 RRPISBN: 9780552776639Published: 03/02/2014Imprint: Black SwanExtent: 624 pages
"It took me more than 50 pages to settle into this unusual book, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. Atkinson is a gifted creator of characters and setting, and this book is such a treat: it has characters who made me giggle, a time and place that was vivid and enlightening, and philosophical questions that I was unable to answer but which had me musing for weeks." - Sarah Minns, Good Reading Magazine
"There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe Life After Life: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane.
Simply put: it's ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS I'VE READ THIS CENTURY." - Gillian Flynn, No. 1 New York Times author of Gone Girl, and Sharp Objects
Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind The Scenes At The Museum, and has been a critically acclaimed writer ever since. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her latest novel Life After Life was shortlisted for several prestigious literary prizes including the Women's (formerly Orange) and the Costa Novel Prize. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
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