WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA NOVEL AWARD: Kate Atkinson's number one Sunday Times bestseller, even more brilliant and ambitious than Life After Life.
Kate Atkinson is one of the world's foremost novelists. She won the
Costa Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the
Scenes at the Museum. Her three critically lauded and
prizewinning novels set around World War II are Life After Life,
A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award), and
Transcription. She was appointed MBE for services to
literature in 2011.
Her bestselling literary crime novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog became a BBC television series starring Jason Isaacs. Jackson Brodie returns in her new novel Big Sky.
Triumphant...such a dazzling read...Atkinson gives Teddy's
wartime experiences the full treatment in a series of
thrilling set pieces. Even more impressive,though, is
her ability to invest the more everday events with a similar
grandeur...almost as innovative as Atkinson's
technique in Life After Life - a possibly more authentic as
an expression of how it feels to be alive...it ends on one of
the most devastating twists in recent fiction...it adds a
further level of overwhelming poignancy to an already
extraordinarily affecting book. * Daily Telegraph *
This is a novel about war and the shadow it casts even over generations who have never known it, but it is also a novel about fiction...this is a novel that cares deeply about its characters and about the purpose of fiction in making sense of our collective past. A God in Ruins, together with its predecessor, is Atkinson's finest work, and confirmation that her genre-defying writing continues to surpise and dazzle. -- Stephanie Merritt * Observer *
With A God in Ruins she, once again, proves herself to be a writer of considerable talent. Her command of structure is extraordinary...She writes with terrific compassion for her characters...also shows off a brilliantly brittle sense of humour that on several occasions made me laugh out loud...to my mind, A God in Ruins stands as an equally magnificent achievement. -- Matt Cain * Independent on Sunday *
Horribly funny...every page has some vividly original phrase...But the tour de force is her treatment of Teddy's experience as a bomber pilot, recreated as memorably as the Blitz scenes in Life After Life... nothing can quite account for the imaginative leaps she has made...nailbiting...a really affecting memorial to the huge numbers of bomber crew who died. * Standard *
Better than most fiction you'll read this year...Atkinson's prose is as bright as gunfire in the Second World War sections...I can't think of any writer to match her ability to grasp a period in the past. No, not even you, Booker-winning Hilary Mantel. * The Times *