Winner of the Costa Novel Award and shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013, Kate Atkinson, author of the bestselling detective series featuring Jackson Brodie (and now BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs), returns with the moving and astonishing tale Life After Life.
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? Follow Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an ingenious ability to evoke the past.
A truly remarkable read for fans of The Time Traveler's wife by Audrey Niffenegger or Martin Amis's Times Arrow.
It may have taken me a while to get through, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this read. I don't often read literary fiction, or such character-driven novels, but Life After Life was almost gripping in an odd if enjoyable way. There is some repetition in parts, which didn't frustrate me as much as it appears to frustrate others. Definitely a great book I would read again, and again, if only to pick over it in more detail. Would also like to read more by Atkinson, she's a great storyteller.