Books by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson was born in York in 1951 and studied English Literature at Dundee University. After graduating in 1974, she researched a postgraduate doctorate on American Literature. She later taught at Dundee and began writing short stories in 1981. She b


LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2013

"Provocative, entertaining and beautifully written. It's not quite the tour de force that her Case Histories (2004) was, but this latest affords the happy sight of seeing Atkinson stretch out into speculative territory again."
If you could travel back in time and kill Hitler, would you? Of course you would. Read full book review >
STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG by Kate Atkinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 21, 2011

"The sleuthing is less important than Atkinson's fascinating take on the philosophic and emotional dimensions of her characters' lives."
British private detective Jackson Brodie, star of three previous Atkinson novels (When Will There Be Good News, 2008, etc.), finds himself embroiled in a case which shows that defining crime is sometimes as difficult as solving it. Read full book review >
WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS? by Kate Atkinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 24, 2008

"Like the most riveting BBC mystery, in which understated, deadpan intelligence illuminates characters' inner lives within a convoluted plot."
A third appearance for former police investigator and private detective Jackson Brodie in this psychologically astute thriller from Atkinson (One Good Turn, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
ONE GOOD TURN by Kate Atkinson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"A technically adept and pleasurable tale, but Atkinson isn't stretching herself."
A murder mystery with comic overtones from the award-winning British storyteller. Read full book review >
CASE HISTORIES by Kate Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"Wonderful fun and very moving: it's a pleasure to see this talented writer back on form."
After two self-indulgent detours, Atkinson proves that her Whitbread Award-winning debut, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1996), was no fluke with a novel about three interconnected mysteries. Read full book review >
NOT THE END OF THE WORLD by Kate Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2003

"Stories, on balance, that appear above all to love the sound of their own voices."
Twelve debut stories from Whitbread winner Atkinson (Behind the Scenes at the Museum, 1996) are unparalleled in deftness but in their depth less compelling. Read full book review >
EMOTIONALLY WEIRD by Kate Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Behind the Scenes at the Museum proved Atkinson can be playful and probing when she chooses. Fans of this talented writer can only hope that next time out she'll concentrate more on emotional substance, less on narrative tricks."
The author of Whitbread Award-winner Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1996) indulges in even more of the postmodern game-playing that disrupted Human Croquet (1997). Read full book review >
HUMAN CROQUET by Kate Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 1997

Atkinson's follow-up to her Whitbread-winning Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1996) is a self-consciously smart and mildly amusing family saga. Isobel Fairfax, age 16, narrates the busy goings-on at Fairfax Manor, an ostensibly cursed mock-Tudor in a suburb in northern England—although the events she describes may well be fantasies, embellished with tidbits from Shakespeare and Ovid and whatever else she's reading in school. Read full book review >

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM by Kate Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Spanning generations and both world wars, this British debut leaves no stone unturned in recounting the humorously turbulent family history of Ruby Lennox. Some novels grab the reader and hold on in a relentless pull to the finish. Read full book review >