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  - Jo-anne - Goodreads

Whimsical, dark, well written. As I'm a short story fan I really enjoyed this collection by one of my favorite writers. Some of the stories verge on the edge of Sci-Fi. Will reread some of thses ina few years. Read full review

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User Review  - Kate North - Goodreads

I'm very fond of Kate Atkinson's writing, which is why I took a chance on this (loosely connected) collection of short stories - I'm not usually a short story fan, for various reasons, most of which ... 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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