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Normal Rules Don't Apply : A dazzling collection of short stories from the bestselling author of Life After Life - Kate Atkinson

Normal Rules Don't Apply

A dazzling collection of short stories from the bestselling author of Life After Life

By: Kate Atkinson

Paperback | 22 August 2023

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From the Number One bestselling author of Shrines of Gaiety and Life After Life, a gemlike collection of unforgettable short stories in which nothing is quite what it seems...

The first story collection from Kate Atkinson in twenty years, Normal Rules Don't Apply is a dazzling array of eleven interconnected tales from the bestselling author of Shrines of Gaiety and Life After Life

In this first full collection since Not the End of the World, we meet a queen who makes a bargain she cannot keep; a secretary who watches over the life she has just left; a man whose luck changes when a horse speaks to him.

With clockwork intricacy, inventiveness and sharp social observation, Kate Atkinson conjures a feast for the imagination, a constantly changing multiverse in which nothing is quite as it seems.

About the Author

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 prize-winning novels set around the Second World War are Life After Life, an acclaimed 2022 BBC TV series starring Thomasin McKenzie, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award) and Transcription. Her bestselling literary crime novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, 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 later returned in the novel Big Sky. Kate Atkinson was awarded an MBE in 2011 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Industry Reviews
What really binds these stories is their underlying theme, which has perhaps always been Atkinson's true subject: the nature of storytelling itself. She can be very funny, but she is highly serious about the idea that human existence is bound up with words... If you're thinking about what fiction means, no invocation could be more thought-provoking or ironically complex * Times Literary Supplement *

What joy! A loosely connected collection of short stories from Kate Atkinson. Life in all of its surreal, tragic and comic glory is perfectly captured within these pages. * Red *

Sublime ... showcases her superb storytelling and the wit of her writing * Good Housekeeping *

All kinds of stories are inside these tales - fairy stories, creation myths, fantasy, Bible stories, tabloid headlines, soaps, movies and crime. Atkinson's sly humour percolates all the way through, but there's also humanity, hope and forgiveness... The simplicity of the short story form belies the book's multi-layered approach. As soon as you get to the end, you'll be tempted to just start at the beginning again to see the nuances you missed first time round, and tease out the threads that run between each tale. * Independent *

Hilarious, breathtaking, horrific, irresistible ... [Atkinson is] always in command ... Heart in mouth, I never wanted this book to end * Sydney Morning Herald *

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