Life After Life Lib/E

Kate Atkinson (Author) Fenella Woolgar (Read by)
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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 is the author of a short-story collection, Not the End of the World, and critically acclaimed novels including Human Croquet, Case Histories and One Good Turn. She lives in Edinburgh, UK.

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"