Not the end of the world

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Doubleday, 2002 - Fiction - 278 pages
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A stunning collection of thoughtful and highly readable short stories by Whitbread Award-winner, Kate Atkinson. This is a daring, witty and provocative collection of twelve thematically-linked stories. Inspired by Ovid'sMetamorphosesor, if you prefer, by Prada, Mary Poppins, Moschino and Barbie, these are stories of abandoned children and lonely adults, the seductiveness of our consumer society and fatalism in a post-Apocalyptic world. From Charlene and Trudi, shopping madly while bombs explode outside, to gormless Eddie, a cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who has discovered the secret to eternal life, each story brings to life a startling cast of characters. Linking the stories is an exploration of the infinite variety of ways in which people attempt to change the world around them, and themselves.

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User Review  - Sameen Borker - Goodreads

To think that it has taken me over 12 years to pick this book seems like such an injustice. To me and to the book. Kate Atkinson is the author of the 2013 novel Life After Life which was shortlisted ... Read full review

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User Review  - Giant Bolster - Goodreads

I only managed to get through 6 of the stories before giving up. Hence, I gave it 2 stars rather than one, for the benefit of doubt. But the first 6 stories were enough to convince me that Atkinson is ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Kate Atkinson has won several prizes for her short fiction. Her first novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum was
chosen as the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year. Her other novels are Human Croquet and Emotionally Weird. She lives in Edinburgh.

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