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  1. From the blurb: n 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds he
  2. This is a "companion" book to Life After Life, the story of Ursula Todd who was born and died on a stormy night in 1910, and was born and survived and died, and was born again and again... It was one of my favourite reads of 2013 and 2015 when I had to read it again for my book group, and I wouldn't mind reading it once more for another book group either. So I was really looking forward to A God in Ruins, the story of Ursula's favourite brother Teddy, a bomber pilot, who died on a raid in some of her lives, and survived in others. It's impssible to talk about the plot, it would just give
  3. This is the fourth book in Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series. As with other Kate Atkinson books belief has to be suspended to a certain extent and once again with other books in this series if you are looking for a hard hitting crime book this one will not be for you. I found Jackson Brodie as likable a character in this book as I have in other books in the series. He is not a particularly strong or dominant character, he seems to bumble along and deal with things as they happen to him rather than take charge of a situation. I always think of him as a kind fair man if a little muddl
  4. Kate Atkinson writes like no other author I know. Her style seems to be to get right into her characters' heads and to see the world so much through their thoughts that you feel like you're reading a character portrait rather than a story at first - all of this intercut with trademark witty and clever comments on the other characters and life but without ever losing her character's personality. In this book, we meet 16 year-old Reggie, who's working as a 'mother's help' and studying at the same time after her mother's death, whilst also fending off her brother Billy, who has 'trouble' wri
  5. One Good Turn - Kate Atkinson This book is that rare thing: a well written novel with good characters and a pacy plot that is sustained throughout. Subtitled 'A Jolly Murder Mystery', the book is set in Edinburgh during the Festival and starts with a violent road rage attack. The story then follows some of the witnesses to the attack, one of whom is Jackson Brodie, a character we first met in Atkinson's last novel Case Histories. Through a series of wonderfully ridiculous co-incidences the story twists and turns until the climax. It's a silly story and totally unbelievable but the
  6. I have just finished reading this book and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. The charachters were so synpathetically written and well rounded, you just could'nt help liking and feeling for them. The "plot" moved at a good pace and I felt that K. Atkinson handeled the mix of tradedy and comedy really beautifully. One minuite I was smiling at descriptions of charachter foibles etc. and the next I had a tear in my eye for the heartbreak they had gone and were going through. At no stage did the story drag and everything was written(including the ending) with a quirky touch that was a ple
  7. "What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?" Kate Atkinson is a consumate stylist and superb writer and could make the telep
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