Life After Life Lib/E

Kate Atkinson (Author) Fenella Woolgar (Read by)

Product Details

Hachette Book Group
Publish Date
April 01, 2013
6.63 X 2.04 X 6.23 inches | 0.93 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

KATE ATKINSON won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. The international sensation Life After Life was one of The New York Times's 10 Best Books of 2013, won the Costa Novel Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize. Her companion novel, A God in Ruins, also won the Costa Novel Award and was an international bestseller. Atkinson was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

Fenella Woolgar is an actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator. She has starred in films including Bright Young Things, Wah Wah, Vera Drake, and Scoop. On television, she played Agatha Christie in "Dr Who: The Unicorn and the Wasp," and she also joined the cast of Case Histories for the BBC.


There aren't enough breathless adjectives to describe Life after Life: Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane. Simply put: It's one of the best novels I've read this century.

-- "Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author "

Wise, bittersweet, funny, and unlike anything else you've ever read...This is her best book yet.

-- "J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author"

Fascinating...A tour de force that ponders memory and deja vu-and puts history on a very human scale.

-- "Parade"

[Atkinson's] very best...A big book that defies logic, chronology, and even history in ways that underscore its author's fully untethered imagination...[It] is full of mind games, but they are purposeful rather than emptily playful...Even without the sleight of hand, Life after Life would be an exceptionally captivating book with an engaging cast of characters.

-- "New York Times"

Life after Life is an extraordinary feat of narrative ambition, an audacious genre bender, and a work of literary genius.

-- ", editorial review"

Kate Atkinson's Life after Life is no contrived seance room saga of reincarnation; it is a sage tale of living through historic hard times and learning lessons along the way.

-- "Barnes&, editorial review"

In a radical departure from her Jackson Brodie mystery series, Atkinson delivers a wildly inventive novel...Alternately mournful and celebratory, deeply empathic and scathingly funny, Atkinson shows what it is like to face the horrors of war and yet still find the determination to go on, with her wholly British characters often reducing the Third Reich to 'a fuss.' From her deeply human characters to her comical dialogue to her meticulous plotting, Atkinson is working at the very top of her game. An audacious, thought-provoking novel from one of our most talented writers.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

Woolgar's narration, along with the production's editing and direction, ensures that a potentially confusing story is remarkably easy to follow. Woolgar also flawlessly switches between British, American, French, and German accents, making Life after Life a truly rich experience that listeners will not soon forget. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.

-- "AudioFile"

Through Ursula's many lives and the accretion of what T. S. Eliot called 'visions and revisions, ' [Atkinson has] found an inventive way to make both the war's toll and the pull of alternate history, of darkness avoided or diminished, fresh.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

Provocative, entertaining, and beautifully written.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"