Tuesday, 21 January 2014


Life After Life
Author: Kate Atkinson 

The Blurb from The Book Depository:

“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? "Life After Life" follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.”

Find your copy of Life After Life or any of Kate’s other wonderful books at my  favourite bookstore, The Book Depository

My Thoughts on Life After Life:

This book is framed around such a fascinating concept - a life lived over and over and over (at the decision of fate, not the person whose life is involved) until the wrinkles are ironed out. Die at birth? Come back and make it through. Get raped and end up having an abortion? Come back and fight off the would-be attacker. Become the victim of an abusive husband? Come back and consign the turkey to no more than a brief encounter.
At times I did get a little confused, but I actually enjoyed the confusion, as did Ursula, the main character. I wanted to go along to the psychiatrist with her so that we could work through the queries and ponderences together. Oh, and I loved the ending: it’s marvellous, it’s just right, it’s the perfect way for us to say goodbye to Ursula and her family. And for those of you who know I often enjoy a sad ending, I will give nothing away here.

This book is so different to Kate Atkinson's other work, which I think is fantastic. It's lovely to follow a contemporary author whose work changes as she and all around her - around me, around us - change. Highly recommend, but if you don't enjoy don't blame me.

And here are some other top reads by Kate Atkinson which you will also find at The Book Depository.