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On a peat and heather island off the West Coast of Scotland, Effie and her mother Nora take refuge in the large mouldering house of their ancestors and tell each other stories. Nora, at first, recounts nothing that Effie really wants to hear, like who her father was - variously Jimmy, Jack, or Ernie. Effie tells of her life at college in Dundee, the land of cakes and William Wallace, where she lives in a lethargic relationship with Bob, a student who never goes to lectures, seldom gets out of bed, and to whom the Klingons are as real as the French and the Germans (more real than the Luxemburgers). But strange things are happening. Why is Effie being followed? Is someone killing the old people? And where is the mysterious yellow dog?
In a brilliant comic narrative which explores the nonsensical nature of language and meaning, Kate Atkinson has created another magical masterpiece.
'A truly comic novel - achingly funny in parts - challenging and executed with wit and mischief...an hilarious and magical trip' MEERA SYAL, The Express
'Sends jolts of pleasure off the page... Atkinson's funniest foray yet... it is a work of Dickensian or even Shakespearean plenty' The Scotsman
"The lustre, energy and panache of her writing are as striking as ever...Funny, bold and memorable" -- Helen Dunmore * The Times * "Beautifully written...brimming with quirky characters and original storytelling. Kate Atkinson has struck gold with this unique offering" * Time Out * "Sends jolts of pleasure off the page...Atkinson's funniest foray yet...it is a work of Dickensian or even Shakespearean plenty" * The Scotsman * "A truly comic novel - achingly funny in parts - challenging and executed with wit and mischief...hilarious and magical" -- Meera Syal * Daily Express * "Her novels are remarkable both in and of themselves, and as evidence of an important emerging body of work from a brilliant and profoundly original writer" * Daily Telegraph *
ISBN: 9780552997348 ISBN-10: 055299734X Audience:
Number Of Pages: 416 Published: 6th April 2001 Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind The Scenes At The Museum and has been a critically acclaimed international author ever since.
Her bestselling novels featuring the former private detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog , have been adapted into a successful BBC TV series starring Jason Isaacs. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List.