Anyone started the new Kate Atkinson book yet?

(40 Posts)
U2TheEdge Fri 08-May-15 07:12:55

I am very tempted to buy it even if it is £7 on kindle.

DuchessofMalfi Fri 08-May-15 08:08:10

On my tbr list. May use an Audible credit for it.

fredfredsausagehead1 Fri 08-May-15 13:38:48

I have just got it on audible with a credit! But got to finish Americanah first!

antimatter Fri 08-May-15 14:06:48

I am tempted to get it on Audible as well

hackmum Fri 08-May-15 16:50:25

Yes! I have nearly finished - absolutely loving it.

southeastdweller Fri 08-May-15 22:16:35

I'm interested in reading it but haven't read Life After Life - hackmum do you recommend reading that first?

blissofsolitude Sat 09-May-15 07:16:39

I've bought it because I adored life after life, can't wait to start it...

hackmum Sat 09-May-15 11:31:31

Yes, I would read Life after Life first - I think A God in Ruins makes more sense if you do it that way round.

I am desperate to talk to someone about it now, especially the ending, but can't because I don't want to give away any spoilers! I'll wait to see what other people think.

U2TheEdge Sat 09-May-15 19:16:51

I need to find a recap on Life After Life as I am crap with remembering what happened in books.

I think I will start it after I have finished My Cousin Rachel.

IamJeff Sat 09-May-15 19:34:47

Is it an actual sequel to life after life? I loved life after life, but again need to recap!

hackmum Sun 10-May-15 11:10:47

It's not a sequel - it tells the story of Teddy, Ursula's brother. It covers some of the same time period but whereas Life after Life doesn't, iirc, go beyond the 1960s, this comes up nearly to the present day.

There is some degree of overlap, and Ursula features as a character in A God in Ruins, as do some of the others such as Nancy (girl next door), Izzy (the aunt) and Sylvie (the mum).

Like U2, I'm not very good at remembering what happens in books, but I found a lot of Life after Life came back to me as I was reading A God in Ruins.

BaconAndAvocado Sun 10-May-15 22:19:03

Oh I'm really really really (big KA fan!) looking forward to this book.

Adored Life After Life and I may even buy it in hardback as I'm so excited!

Glad to hear it's just as good as LAL.

BaconAndAvocado Sun 10-May-15 22:20:04

Just thinking about LAL, Teddy was one of my favourite characters and made me cry.

firefly78 Sun 10-May-15 22:22:30

oooh im so excited i loved life after life!!!! didn't realise she'd written a new book

FriendlyLadybird Sun 10-May-15 22:30:50

Yes. My lovely, lovely DH bought a copy as a surprise for me on publication day. I didn't even know it was coming out, but he spotted it, bought it, and left it on my desk for me to discover.

Sorry -- that's just showing off, but I had to share!

HindsightisaMarvellousThing Sun 10-May-15 22:35:50

I'd forgotten this was out now - thanks for the reminder. Off to add it to my kindle then going to bed to read - what a treat!

thecatsm0ther Sun 10-May-15 22:54:35

Looking forward to reading this. I loved Life After Life. I would think you need to read Life After Life first though. Hoping it'll get cheaper soon though.

eddiemairswife Sun 10-May-15 23:04:24

I usually wait until novels come out in paperback, but I am sorely tempted; it's only £9 on Amazon. Will certainly re-read Life after Life first.

IamJeff Mon 11-May-15 07:04:59

If anyone doesn't have audible you can get a free trial and get the book for free��I just got it with one of my credits...guilt free listening while doing the house and garden here we come!

firefly78 Mon 11-May-15 07:07:10

i started it. its fab. all the same characters. what a treat. thank you so much OP i wouldn't have known about it if you hadn't started this thread. flowers

crapfatbanana Mon 11-May-15 09:31:37

I'm still on Life After Life - about a quarter of the book left to go.

Might use my next Audible credit for the new one.

Minifingers Mon 11-May-15 14:40:52

I'm listening to it as an audio book, as I did with Life after Life.

I'm in the final third of the book and have had a lump in my throat on and off throughout. It really is extraordinarily good - so poignant. I keep thinking about Teddy, and what it means to be good. Loathing Viola, and seeing bits of myself in her. Thinking also about the generation who lived through the war - my mother and her friends, their values, how life the world has changed since they were young.

Can't recommend the book strongly enough!

southeastdweller Mon 11-May-15 20:51:02

I'm convinced - have reserved it from the library and will read Life After Life next week or week after. I'm 11th in the queue (but they have 15 copies!).

Hillijx Mon 11-May-15 21:06:28

Glad I stumbled across this thread as love Kate Atkinson. Definately going to treat myself now.....if I waited for my husband like friendlyladybird then I may have a long wait!!

firefly78 Mon 11-May-15 23:03:40

its wonderful. she really is an incredible writer.

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