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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 por Kate Atkinson

Life After Life (2013) 8,024 exemplares
Case Histories (2004) 7,815 exemplares
Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995) 4,818 exemplares
One Good Turn (2006) 4,287 exemplares
When Will There Be Good News? (2008) 3,903 exemplares
Started Early, Took My Dog (2010) 3,074 exemplares
A God in Ruins (2015) 2,867 exemplares
Transcription (2018) 2,296 exemplares
Human Croquet (1997) 1,879 exemplares
Emotionally Weird (2000) 1,696 exemplares
Big Sky (2019) 1,313 exemplares
Not the End of the World (2002) 1,025 exemplares
Shrines of Gaiety (2022) 851 exemplares
Normal Rules Don't Apply: Stories (2023) 138 exemplares
Shine, Pamela! Shine! (2020) 44 exemplares

Associated Works

The Watsons: A Fragment (1871) — Prefácio, algumas edições190 exemplares
Ox-Tales: Earth (2009) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
Midsummer Nights (1702) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
Crimespotting (1656) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 (2011) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
New Writing 13 (2005) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
A Day in the Life (2003) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Waterstone's Autumn Book Sampler (2004) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Out of Line: Women on the Verge of a Breakthrough — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
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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)
Prémios e menções honrosas
British Book Award (Newcomer of the Year ∙ 1997)
E. M. Forster Award (1998)
Order of the British Empire (Member ∙ 2011)
Peter Straus

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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)


I enjoyed reading this a lot, but found the resolution of the various mysteries a little unsatisfying. I think this is partly because Atkinson allows her investigating character to discover things which are not revealed to the reader until later. That always seems to be cheating a little.

This is the second book by Kate Atkinson I've read (Scenes From Behind A Museum is the first), and for me the good thing about her books is the plots. The writing itself I find a little unexciting. So when I feel let down by the plot at the end, my opinion of the book is definitely diminished.

All that said, I was engrossed in the book, and read it at a cracking pace. The characters are very nicely developed, and even in the midst of all the gruesomeness she maintains a good humour. A good book, just not as good as I thought it was.
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thisisstephenbetts | 342 outras críticas | Nov 25, 2023 |
Really interesting - enjoyed the characters and the well-researched details.
decaturmamaof2 | 42 outras críticas | Nov 22, 2023 |
I rarely abandon books The publisher claims this has "Dickensian flair". Many of Dickens' novels are as long or longer than this, but something happens in them by page 162, when I abandoned this. These characters and their backstories just don't justify such length.
elimatta | 42 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
Atkinson has a way with words; I liked her writing style. And the concept of this book - that a woman lives her life over and over, changing things each time - sounded really interesting. I didn't love the execution of the story, though.

The main character, Ursula, doesn't really remember her past lives, she just has "deja vu" and quick snippets of being somewhere else; some of the changes to her trajectory have nothing to do with her choices, which seemed to defeat the purpose of the story; plot points were introduced, but never fully wrapped up by the end of the book, though the author had plenty of pages in which to do so; 21st-century beliefs and attitudes were applied to the 20th-century characters, a pet peeve of mine; the only likeable characters were primarily in the background.

There was also quite a bit of sexual content and profanity, including God's name used flippantly.

This isn't one I'd recommend.
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RachelRachelRachel | 576 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |



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