Reading lists

Where to start with Kate Atkinson

From crime to historical fiction, stories of espionage to time-travel, there is a book for everyone from one of our most unique and versatile writers, whose career turns 25 this year. Here's where to start.

Where to start reading Kate Atkinson
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With a writing career now spanning 25 years that encompasses a range of novels and short story collections – mostly found at the top of bestseller lists – it's a challenge knowing where to start with the work of Kate Atkinson. But start you should.

There are the award-winners – and plenty of them. Or for the genre devotees there's the historical fiction, family sagas and even a crime series.

But if you are still looking for a little more guidance, here is a list of our favourites, which will give you a taste of one of the literary world’s more versatile and unique voices.

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