Promotional image for Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Transworld have today (4 December) confirmed the publication of a new Jackson Brodie novel by Kate Atkinson, to be published on 18 June 2019 by Doubleday.

The novel sees Kate Atkinson, bestselling author of A God in Ruins, Life After Life and Behind the Scenes at the Museum, return to the world of Jackson Brodie, one of her most iconic characters and star of four of her previous books: Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News, and Started Early, Took My Dog.

A private investigator and former soldier and policeman, Jackson Brodie now makes his money working from investigating infidelity and finding missing cats. Jackson's tough-guy exterior belies a deeply empathetic heart. He's unable to resist coming to the rescue and increasingly he becomes a magnet for the bereaved, the lost and the dysfunctional. His ability to connect comes from his own tragic childhood that still haunts him. He was previously played by Jason Isaacs in the BBC TV series of Case Histories.

Author Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson, credit: Helen Clyne

Kate Atkinson won the Costa (formerly the Whitbread) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her 2013 novel Life After Life spent a record number of weeks on top of the bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and won the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize and the Costa Novel Award, a prize Kate Atkinson won again in 2015 for A God in Ruins. Her latest novel, Transcription, was published earlier this year.

  • Big Sky

    Jackson Brodie


    Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son Nathan and ageing Labrador Dido, both at the discretion of his former partner Julia. It’s a picturesque setting, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes.

    Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network—and back into the path of someone from his past. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking new novel, both sharply funny and achingly sad, by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.


    'Kate Atkinson never disappoints and Big Sky, her fifth Jackson Brodie novel, is the stand-out read of the summer. It’s a masterclass in brilliant writing and whether you’ve read the earlier books in the series or not you’ll enjoy it.' (Independent)

    'Big Sky is laced with Atkinson’s sharp, dry humour, and one of the joys of the Brodie novels has always been that they are so funny' (Observer)

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