'Little short of a masterpiece...Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinson's hilarious novel made me laugh and cry'
Kate Atkinson’s brilliant and unforgettable first novel, which won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Prize.
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.
"Delivers its jokes and its tragedies as efficiently as Dickens...outrageously funny on almost every page...will dazzle readers for years to come." Hilary Mantel London Review of Books
Kate Atkinson is one of the world’s foremost novelists. She won the Costa Book of the Year prize with her first novel,
Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her three critically lauded and prizewinning novels set around World War II are
Life After Life, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award), and
Transcription. She was appointed MBE for services to literature in 2011.
Her bestselling literary crime novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie,
One Good Turn,
When Will There Be Good News? and
Started Early, Took My Dog became a BBC television series starring Jason Isaacs. Jackson Brodie returns in her new novel