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Jackson Brodie books Kate Atkinson

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Namechangeforhair Sun 05-Aug-18 21:27:43

I have just finished reading this series of books. I think they varied significantly. The first and the fourth were my favourites. The one set during the Edinburgh book festival was probably the worst one but I do love her writing and think Jackson is a fantastic character.

Anyone else read these? What do you think?

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IamEarthymama Sun 05-Aug-18 23:29:48

I love them!
One of my comfort reads, kept in real book format to be brought out with blanket and hot toddy if I feel flu-ey or anxious.

Joined by Nora Roberts, Georgette Heyer, Anne Perry, C J Sansom and best of all, Sir Terry Pritchett.

I love a re-read me. I think it stems from an only childhood as a voracious reader in a largely book free household.

I digress, I love Jackson and Kate Atkinson's writing is superb. Try her other books too.

Namechangeforhair Mon 06-Aug-18 08:08:39

I've read behind the scenes at the museum, life after life and god in ruins. She's wonderful.

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SilkyDrawers Mon 06-Aug-18 22:16:53

I just had to jump on to say Hello to Jason Isaacs. Loved the books, but only read them because I had a thing for JI, tbh blush

qumquat Tue 07-Aug-18 07:33:26

Ooh I've only read two I didn't realise there were more! I'll look out for them I love them

Mrsr8 Tue 07-Aug-18 07:46:51

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musicmaiden Tue 07-Aug-18 14:02:28

There are 4:

Case Histories
One Good Turn
When Will There be Good News?
Started Early, Took my Dog

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Namechangeforhair Tue 07-Aug-18 19:21:03

The last one is the best one but leaves so many unanswered questions. It's very clever.

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Namechangeforhair Tue 07-Aug-18 19:29:51

Never seen the tv series just watched some on YouTube. It's rubbish compared to the books. And Amanda Abbington as Louise. No. Bad casting.

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BalloonSlayer Wed 08-Aug-18 14:36:17

Like Dickens and P G Wodehouse, the genius is all in the narrative voice so I can't imagine her books adapting well to TV at all. Having said that, I read in Victoria Wood's obituary that she played Tracy Waterhouse, and given that I loved VW and I loved Tracy, I think I might have liked to have seen that.

I have often wondered whether Jackson's fake wife, the conwoman, was the woman in the first book who was framed for murder and was hoping to run off with the vicar.

BaconAndAvocado Sun 19-Aug-18 19:13:07

Love love love these books. But then I love everything from the pen of Kate Atkinson grin

JaneJeffer Sun 19-Aug-18 19:17:09

Love them but I didn't like Life After Life and didn't finish it.

SallyOMalley Thu 23-Aug-18 14:27:35

I love Kate Atkinson, and the Jackson Brodie books. It's reminded me that I loaned all four to someone and never got them back. I can't remember who! 😕

stopfuckingshoutingatme Sat 03-Nov-18 17:13:53

I have often wondered whether Jackson's fake wife, the conwoman, was the woman in the first book who was framed for murder and was hoping to run off with the vicar

Ah yes ! But too different in age

I also love them . Re read them all every 3 years ! It’s hard to pin down why I love her books so very much but she is by far my favourite writer

Doobydoo Wed 07-Nov-18 20:17:07

I really like the Jackson Brodie books. I love everything Kate Atkinson has had published. I think Behind the Scenes at the Museum is completely brill. She fascinates me...the way her mind works

Clawdy Mon 12-Nov-18 21:34:01

I heard she is writing another one! Great news.

waycat Tue 13-Nov-18 04:27:04

I am looking for a new series to start right now, so am glad I stumbled upon this topic.

Looks like the Jackson Brodie series is something I will enjoy.


southeastdweller Tue 13-Nov-18 19:59:54

I've enjoyed the first three and looking forward to reading the fourth one. The fifth book's out next autumn.

Chickoletta Fri 16-Nov-18 17:21:36

I loved these and have enjoyed most things she’s written but didn’t like Life After Life - so relentlessly miserable!

hackmum Sun 18-Nov-18 12:47:30

She’s going to be on Desert Island Discs next week- one to listen out for.

waycat Sun 18-Nov-18 15:09:10

hackmum many thanks for that heads up re: Desert Island Discs. I shall certainly be tuning in.

Bollard Mon 19-Nov-18 14:55:52

I enjoyed the Jackson Brodie books v much, and was dismayed that my 2 boys hated When Will There Be Good News when they studied it for A level.

BaconAndAvocado Mon 19-Nov-18 20:31:13

Love love love the Jackson Brodie books!

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