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Kate Atkinson

Autor(a) de Life After Life

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About the Author

Kate Atkinson was born in York, and studied English Literature at the University of Dundee. She earned her Masters Degree from Dundee in 1974. She then went on to study for a doctorate in American Literature but she failed at the viva (oral examination) stage. After leaving the university, she took mostrar mais on a variety of jobs from home help to legal secretary and teacher. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year ahead of Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh and Roy Jenkins's biography of William Ewart Gladstone. It went on to be a Sunday Times bestseller. Since then, she has published another five novels, one play, and one collection of short stories. Her work is often celebrated for its wit, wisdom and subtle characterisation, and the surprising twists and plot turns. Her most recent work has featured the popular former detective Jackson Brodie. In 2009, she donated the short story Lucky We Live Now to Oxfam's 'Ox-Tales' project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Atkinson's story was published in the 'Earth' collection. In March 2010, Atkinson appeared at the York Literature Festival, giving a world-premier reading from an early chapter from her forthcoming novel Started Early, Took My Dog, which is set mainly in the English city of Leeds. Atkinson's bestselling novel, Life after Life, has won numerous awards, including the COSTA Novel Award for 2013. The follow-up to Life After Life is A God in Ruins and was published in 2015. This title won a Costa Book Award 2015 in the novel category. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Kate Atkinson

Life After Life (2013) 8,241 cópias
Case Histories (2004) 7,913 cópias
Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995) 4,882 cópias
One Good Turn (2006) 4,355 cópias
When Will There Be Good News? (2008) 3,971 cópias
Started Early, Took My Dog (2010) 3,124 cópias
A God in Ruins (2015) 2,950 cópias
Transcription (2018) 2,390 cópias
Human Croquet (1997) 1,916 cópias
Emotionally Weird (2000) 1,724 cópias
Big Sky (2019) 1,370 cópias
Not the End of the World (2002) 1,045 cópias
Shrines of Gaiety (2022) 987 cópias
Shine, Pamela! Shine! (2020) 43 cópias

Associated Works

The Watsons: A Fragment (1871) — Prefácio, algumas edições199 cópias
Ox-Tales: Earth (2009) — Contribuinte — 86 cópias
Midsummer Nights (1702) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
Crimespotting (1656) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 (2011) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
New Writing 13 (2005) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
A Day in the Life (2003) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Waterstone's Autumn Book Sampler (2004) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Out of Line: Women on the Verge of a Breakthrough — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
País (para mapa)
England, UK
Local de nascimento
York, Yorkshire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Whitby, Yorkshire, England, UK
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
University of Dundee (1974)
legal secretary
Hixon, Andy (partner or husband)
British Book Award (Newcomer of the Year ∙ 1997)
E. M. Forster Award (1998)
Order of the British Empire (Member ∙ 2011)
Peter Straus
Pequena biografia
She was born in York, and studied English Literature at the University of Dundee, gaining her Masters Degree in 1974. During her final year of this course, she was married for the first time. The marriage lasted only two years, but produced Atkinson's first daughter, Eve, who was born in 1975. She subsequently studied for a doctorate in American Literature which she failed at the viva stage. After leaving university, she took on a variety of miscellaneous jobs from home help to legal secretary and teacher. She lived in Whitby, Yorkshire for a time, but now lives in Edinburgh.



BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE - OCTOBER 2016 - ATKINSON & GOLDING em 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (Outubro 2016)
"Life After Life": Is it worth a read? em Girlybooks (Setembro 2015)
Life after Life - Kate Atkinson em Orange January/July (Maio 2014)


An entertaining, if complicated read. There are many threads in this book, all of which have to come together by the end. I found it difficult to sort out the Rays from the Barrys and kept on forgetting who was which. Nevertheless, this is quite a satisfying plot, though maybe not up to Kate Atkinson's usual standard.
Margaret09 | outras 188 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
I have quite mixed feelings about this book. I expected to like it: this is Kate Atkinson after all, mistress of the clever, well constructed plot. But though it's well written, though it tells a good tale, I was never fully absorbed. I had the odd feeling of looking down at the story from a height without any real connection to it. The war time section was better. Somehow, the chapters set in the 1950s failed to convince me. I'm writing this review over a week since I finished the book and .... I can't remember the ending. Maybe three stars is a bit generous then.… (mais)
Margaret09 | outras 119 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
I loved the premise of this book, and was engaged and involved from the very first page. At every point in our lives, as heroine Ursula Todd discovers, chance, choice, the choices of others or happenstance govern the path our life follows. Kate Atkinson explores those possibilities, re-telling aspects of Ursula's story time after time as different paths are taken.

The book works well in developing this idea, and it works well as a family saga too, telling the story of her sister, her three brothers, her parents and aunt, who to a lesser extent have their paths re-cast too.

My only quibble came after 400 pages, when I found there were still 200 to go. I felt Atkinson had said much of what she needed to say, and that little was gained by extending the narrative. Her descriptions of blitz-damaged London were evocative and involving, whereas the latter part of the book, set in Germany, worked less well for me.

This is an original book, witty and thought-provoking. I'd recommend it even more heartily if it were just a little shorter.
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Margaret09 | outras 588 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
This is Kate Atkinson on quite good form. She takes us to 1920s London, to a place of hedonistic gaiety where Nellie Coker is queen of a whole series of nightclubs, each appealing to a different kind of pleasure-seeker. Her family is essential to her enterprise and the story, with two Cambridge educated daughters and a twit of a son in the mix of six. Add in a Yorkshire librarian on furlough, two young Yorkshire runaways, police officers who are variously dutiful and bent and you have a complicated and atmospheric Dickensian yarn. I enjoyed it: This is Kate Atkinson after all, but I also found it a little wearisome and forced, with not all the characters well-developed. I read through it quickly and with some enjoyment, but also feeling somewhat cheated of Kate Atkinson at her best.… (mais)
Margaret09 | outras 46 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |



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