Kate Atkinson

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Kate Atkinson – Big Sky

12 Jun 20195 stars

Tour de force of a detective novel which sees the return of private eye Jackson Brodie

Fans have been clamouring for the return of Kate Atkinson's private eye Jackson Brodie ever since Started Early, Took My Dog ended with a massive cliffhanger in 2010. Luckily, the fifth appearance of this catastrophising former policeman with a big…

The Hot 100 2018: 50–41

1 Nov 2018

Michelle Gomez, Sofay and Cathy Wilkes are among our favourite cultural contributors this year

Without a doubt, 2018 has been a year of incredible female activism and empowerment. From #MeToo and Time's Up to the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote, the various events of this year have renewed…

Kate Atkinson – Transcription

4 Sep 20185 stars

Another absorbing read from a writer at the top of her game

Following on from the award-winning Life After Life (2013) and A God in Ruins (2015), Atkinson revisits the Second World War in Transcription. She has a new hero, however, in the complicated and contradictory Juliet Armstrong. Reluctantly recruited by…

Top 13 books of 2013

12 Dec 2013

The best books of the year, featuring Donna Tartt, Shaun Usher, Rodge Glass, Kate Atkinson and more

It’s been a great year for books – we’d pick 2,013 of our favourites if we could… Life After Life – Kate Atkinson A woman relives her life, again and again, until she gets it right – but what is ‘right’? The Hat-Stand Union – Caroline…

Is Dundee the most literary city in Scotland?

19 Sep 2013

A look at the city's literary heritage as campaign to be named City of Culture 2017 gains momentum

As part of Dundee's bid to be named City of Culture 2017, the city has been making the most of its cultural credentials, not least by appointing its first makar last week. WN Herbert has pledged to focus on mixing literature and technology, with the…

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

12 Aug 20104 stars

Masterful characters discover a world of crime and corruption

Popular private investigator Jackson Brodie makes a dramatic return in Kate Atkinson’s latest offering; as he delves into the past and discovers a world of corruption, killings and cover-ups. Set in Leeds, Started Early, Took My Dog marks another…

Kate Atkinson - When Will There Be Good News?

7 Aug 20084 stars

CRIME NOVEL (Doubleday) ‘A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen.’ So says tongue-in-cheek Jackson Brodie, Kate Atkinson’s ex-army, ex-police, sort-of private investigator in a third fictional outing, neatly encapsulating the appeal of…

Kate Atkinson - Behind the Scenes at the Museum - (1995)

1 Jan 2005

100 Best Scottish Books of all Time

How many books have you read recently that begin with 25 pages conducted, quite amicably, from inside the womb? This one, told in part through the eyes of unwanted baby Ruby Lennox (conception onwards), and in part through the tragic history of her…