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Publisher Description

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.'

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2010
23 February
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
496
Pages
PUBLISHER
Transworld
SIZE
1.3
MB

Customer Reviews

jcshuttle ,

Kate Atkinson love love it so glad I found this book.

Love it so glad I found this book.

Doggydoodah ,

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Kate Atkinson at her brilliant best.

Jono8901 ,

Excellent

The second of Kate Atkinson's books for me and just as fascinating as the first. Clever, witty, funny, lucid, perceptive - and if that's not enough to keep you reading, accurate to the last silver foil-wrapped chocolate cup-cake for those of us born in the early fifties. Simply a must-read.

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