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Kate Atkinson - first and last but nothing inbetween!

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MCSpammer Mon 11-Aug-14 12:07:35

I read Behind the Scenes not long after it came out, really enjoyed it but never read any more of her books until earlier this year when I read Life after Life which I LOVED.

Based on this would I like her other books? I don't go in for detective books usually and it seems that most of her books are along these lines.

What about her other books? Looking for something to take on holiday.

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whitepuddingsupper Mon 11-Aug-14 14:37:11

Emotionally Weird and Human Croquet are both good reads and not detective ones. I enjoyed the detective ones but not as much as Behind the Scenes and these two.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 11-Aug-14 14:41:13

If you liked those ones, I think you would really enjoy Human Croquet in particular - and the short stories, too (It's not the end of the world, I think they're called?)

MCSpammer Mon 11-Aug-14 18:00:48

Confession. I am a total wuss and cannot do anything vaguely scarey though do like weird ... the synopsis for Human Croquet mentions ghosts blush so not sure I could handle that in the muddle of the English countryside in a dark (and probably) rainy night. Short stories look good though.

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MCSpammer Mon 11-Aug-14 18:01:59

Bloody auto correct!!!

Middle not muddle

On not in

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riverboat1 Mon 11-Aug-14 18:20:49

I loved Life After Life, and many years ago had quite enjoyed Behind the Scenes.

I HATED Emotionally Weird, it was a book without a plot, tons of characters, rambling confusing stories within rambling confusing stories... I think if I'd liked the sense of humour I'd have enjoyed it more, that's what others seem to have loved about it - it's meant to be a funny university romp. But I just didn't find it that funny so I was left with nothing to enjoy...

MCSpammer Mon 11-Aug-14 19:26:25

Not sure I would enjoy anything described as a 'romp' grin

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winkywinkola Mon 11-Aug-14 19:32:00

I've not read her latest but all the others were really poor compared to the shining brilliance of Behind The Scenes.

riverboat1 Mon 11-Aug-14 19:35:16

MCSpammer - you might not want to take my word for what the book was supposed to me, that was my best guess but I got so little out of it my interpretation might be completely wrong!

Flangeshrub Mon 11-Aug-14 19:37:26

Behind the scenes was brilliant. The detective ones were all okay, pretty readable. I found life after life abysmal - complete and utter boring twaddle. I'm not sure how I feel about her now smile

MCSpammer Wed 13-Aug-14 08:36:45

Just ordered The Camomile Lawn by Mary Weasley after all that! Really unsure about the other Kate Atkinson ones so don't want to risk as a holiday read. Will definitely give the shirt stories a go at some point though.

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Lovelydiscusfish Wed 13-Aug-14 23:29:59

I really love the Jackson Brodie series - and they are nothing like other detective stories/police procedurals I have read, so may interest readers who don't usually like this type of novel.

clary Wed 13-Aug-14 23:33:00

I love Kate Atkinson, I agree like Behind the Scenes and loved Life After Life but the Jackson Brodie books are also very good.

Emotionally Weird and Human Croquet I enjoyed but I think they may be a bit more out there than some of her others.

MCSpammer Thu 14-Aug-14 09:15:38

Interesting to know re the Brodie series, maybe I will see if the library has.

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XiCi Sat 23-Aug-14 21:42:13

It was many years ago that I read the Camomile Lawn but remember it being a really good read. Having just been bored completely witless by Life after Life I imagine it's far better than anything KA has to offer.

jennymac Sat 23-Aug-14 22:04:46

I've read all the Jackson Brodie books and Life after Life and am just now in the middle of Behind the Scenes. I have to say that I have enjoyed all her books so I say go for it!

HopeClearwater Mon 25-Aug-14 00:07:45

Give Case Histories a go. It's really good.

olivespickledonions Tue 09-Sep-14 12:09:48

Yes, I read Case Histories on holiday and loved it - I would never normally go for detective fiction but I really enjoyed it.

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