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.