Sofa reading, January 2018

Kate Atkinson is probably best known for her first novel Behind the Scenes in a Museum, published in 1995 which won the Whitbread Book of the Year.

Liz thinks that she is a clever writer and Life After Life is her favourite Atkinson book.

It’s an extraordinary  novel with an unusual structure.  In an English country house Ursula Todd is born on a wintry night in 1910 and dies before drawing breath.  In the second chapter it’s the same scenario but this time Ursula lives. And so it goes; instead of life after death, it is Ursula’s lot to relive her life at different stages. There are well-drawn family members and friends, and dire events, particularly the London Blitz which is vividly described.



I enjoyed reading the four Jackson Brodie books, published between 2004 and 2010,  and I’m looking forward to reading her new book Transcription which is due to be published later this year.  It’s a story of deception and consequences set in 1950’s London featuring Juliet Armstrong, a dissatisfied  radio producer.




Jo, on her Through the Keyhole blog, does a regular post about books and reading.  Her post last Sunday, Waiting on the Bookshelf, mentions the Harry Potter series and Agatha Christie murder/mystery books, as well as some Christmas themed ones.

Happy reading, and have a good weekend!


Lastly a reminder that this coming weekend is the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which I look forward to doing as usual.



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20 Responses to Sofa reading, January 2018

  1. CJ says:

    Sounds like a good read, I really must give Kate Atkinson a go. Thanks for the reminder about the Big Garden Birdwatch, I hadn’t realised it was this weekend. We saw a couple of great tits investigating the next box this morning. Fingers crossed for chicks again this year. CJ xx

  2. I absolutely loved Behind the Scenes at the Museum, made me laugh at loud at times. I must try this one. Thanks for recommendation Liz. Happy reading!

  3. You are the second person to recommend Life After Life to me, which must be a sign I really should read it! Have a good bird watching weekend! X

  4. Carrie Gault says:

    Well you know my dilemma recently with too many books and not enough lifetime!! I always find it interesting to see what others are reading. But seriously the Harry Potter series is a must and Agatha (sweet woman and archaeologists wife like myself) is a Goddness amongst murder mystery writers!

    Enjoy your book, and tea and biscuits xxx

  5. Liz says:

    I loved Case Histories, Mike. Kate Atkinson is such a versatile writer.

  6. I love Kate Atkinson’s books. We read Life after Life at Book Club last year. Really interesting and brilliant concept in the writing, but I felt it wasn’t quite pulled off. I think she ran out of ways to keep the early part of the story fresh as she added the later layers to it.

  7. nikkipolani says:

    I wanted so badly for another installment of Jackson Brodie, but I guess it was not to be. Good to read the various responses to Atkinson’s other books.

  8. snowbird says:

    I shall look forward to reading this author, she seems highly recommended. xxx

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