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Kate Atkinson

UK flag (b.1951)

Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award.

She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, and One Good Turn.

Case Histories introduced her readers to Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, and won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and the Prix Westminster.

Genres: Mystery, Historical, Fantasy
Series contributed to
Whitbread Prize Best First Novel winner (1995) : Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (2004) : Case Histories
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2005) : Case Histories
Saltire Literary Awards Best Book winner (2005) : Case Histories
BCA Crime Thriller of the Year Best Novel nominee (2007) : One Good Turn
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2009) : When Will There Be Good News
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2013) : Life After Life
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2013) : Life After Life
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2013) : Life After Life
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2014) : Life After Life
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2015) : A God in Ruins

Kate Atkinson recommends
Before Women Had Wings (1996)
Connie May Fowler
"A warm and lyrical writer who deserves to be better known."
Like (1997)
Ali Smith
"Not only was the novel beautifully written but it was fascinating reading."
The Ship of Fools (2002)
Gregory Norminton
"Clever and energetic and sly and funny and full of surprises."
The Bullet Trick (2006)
Louise Welsh
"Her most thrilling yet - an electrifying journey to one man's heart."
The Rehearsal (2008)
Eleanor Catton
"A wonderful debut by a truly exciting new writer - The Rehearsal is compulsively good."
After The Fire (2009)
(Anna Cameron, book 2)
Karen Campbell
"Anna is a great, original character and Karen Campbell has a great way with images. It seems to me that in crime writing these days (perhaps always) its really only the women writers who can do interesting characters AND interesting plot, but then we were multi-taskers ever."
Union Atlantic (2010)
Adam Haslett
"Absolutely brilliant."
The End of Everything (2011)
Megan Abbott
"Deft, intelligent and enthralling."
The Next Time You See Me (2013)
Holly Goddard Jones
"So rich in character... An immensely satisfying and skillful debut novel."
The Postcard (2014)
Leah Fleming
"A born storyteller."
The Quick (2014)
Lauren Owen
"A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist."
Dear Daughter (2014)
Elizabeth Little
"A really gutsy, clever, energetic read, often unexpected, always entertaining. I loved Janie Jenkins's sassy voice and Elizabeth Little's too. In the world of crime novels, Dear Daughter is a breath of fresh air."
Striking a Balance (2015)
Norma Curtis
"Sharp, funny and observant."
Close Encounters of the Furred Kind (2015)
Tom Cox
"A very funny writer, and he knows his cats."
Spoils (2017)
Brian Van Reet
"Spoils is a harrowing and incredibly powerful debut. I read this with awe."
Mrs. (2018)
Caitlin Macy
"Brilliant.... I absolutely loved it."
Enter the Aardvark (2020)
Jessica Anthony
"It’s a long time since I have enjoyed a novel so much. Fresh, witty and smart it also has a heart. What more could you want? And who would have thought that you could become emotionally attached to a stuffed aardvark?"
Rodham (2020)
Curtis Sittenfeld
"Startlingly good . . . Sittenfeld is one of my favorite writers."
The Thursday Murder Club (2020)
(Thursday Murder Club, book 1)
Richard Osman
"A little beacon of pleasure...SUCH FUN!"

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