The Costa Novel Award Winner 2015
A thoroughly deserved win, this author won both the First Book Award & Book of the Year back in 1995 when this prize was the Whitbread. Since then, Life after Life (to which this is a companion piece) won the Costa Novel award in 2013.
Judges described this book as “Utterly magnificent and in a class of its own. A genius book.”
Much loved in Norfolk libraries, this book has been extremely popular. Just out in paperback, if you haven’t read it yet, you certainly should. Although, perhaps, read Life after Life first!
Kate Atkinson’s ‘Life After Life’ explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In ‘A God in Ruins’, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.