Kate Atkinson's exceptional first novel, winner of the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award.
'Delivers its jokes and its tragedies as efficiently as Dickens... outrageously funny... will dazzle readers for years to come.' HILARY MANTEL, author of The Mirror and the Light
Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby...
Ruby tells the story of The Family, from the day at the end of the nineteenth century when a travelling French photographer catches frail beautiful Alice and her children, like flowers in amber, to the startling, witty, and memorable events of Ruby's own life.
'Little short of a masterpiece... Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinson's hilarious novel made me laugh and cry.' DAILY MAIL
'An astounding book... without doubt one of the finest novels I have read for years.' THE TIMES
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
'This is the best book I have ever read.'
'I didn't realise how good this book was going to be.'
'I was blown away when I read this when it first came out.'
'I've read it about 10 times now and I get something new from it every single time.'
'Her inventiveness, imagination, ingenious plots, humour, and use of pathos are outstanding.'
Delivers its jokes and its tragedies as efficiently as Dickens...outrageously funny on almost every page...will dazzle readers for years to come.
A debut novel of astonishing confidence and skill...Acutely observant, overflowing with good jokes, it is the work of an author who loves her characters and sets them playing with gleeful energy
An astounding book...without doubt one of the finest novels I have read for years
Little short of a masterpiece...Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinson's hilarious novel made me laugh and cry
A blinding debut from a Yorkshire mother-of-two who could be Alan Bennett's baby sister...straight-up simplicity veils the depth, poignancy and poetry of her story
Enchanting. It hops with sprightly omniscence from past to future and back again
A really gripping, emotionally satisfying family saga written with warmth and wit. I've re-read it countless times.
The first Jackson Brodie mystery since 2010's Started Early, Took My Dog, Big Sky will be published on 18 June 2019.
A God in Ruins is the follow-up to Kate Atkinson’s Costa Novel Award-winning Life After Life. In this extract from chapter one, we join Teddy before he embarks on his final flight as a WW2 bomber, and return to Sylvie’s beloved Fox Corner, the setting for Teddy and Ursula’s childhood