Kate Reveals Details of Her Next Novel

Kate has revealed details of her next novel - the follow-up to her No. 1 bestseller, Life After Life.  A God in Ruins - set for publication in hardback, ebook and audio in May 2015 - will follow Teddy, the younger brother of Ursula Todd, the protagonist from Life After Life.

In A God in Ruins, Kate will focus on Teddy, would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father, as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. 

Kate's publisher said, "A God in Ruins is a masterful companion to Life After Life, and will prove once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age."

The images above show the UK jacket on the left and the US cover on the right. 


Kate Visits Fox Corner (well, almost)


When Kate visited National Trust property Goddards recently she was struck by the beautiful Arts and Crafts house.

Goddards, just off the Tadcaster Road in York, was once home to the industrious Terry family, creators of household names like Chocolate Orange and All Gold. Built in 1937, it was acquired in 1980 by the National Trust and opened to the public a few years ago. Kate saw in it a striking resemblance to the home of the Todd family from Life After Life

"Fox Corner doesn't really exist of course, but if it did, Goddards could be its closest representation in real life",  Kate said after she visited with her family.

Goddards is open between 11am and 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, until the end of October. Visit the National Trust website for more information.


Kate Officially Opens Castle Museum's First World War Exhibition

Sixty years after she first visited Castle Museum as a child, an internationally best selling author officially opened its First World War exhibition.

Kate Atkinson has brought20her children and grandchildren to20the museum at the Eye of York to see Kirkgate and the other displays that she enjoyed as a child.

It inspired her first novel "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" which won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year Prize.

As she toured the suite of exhibition rooms specially created on the first floor for "1914 - When the World Changed Forever " she spoke of how she was honoured she was to be chosen to officially open the exhibition, which is the centrepiece of a £1.7 million project at the museum.

Visit the York Castle Museum website.

News source: York Press website.

Life After Life wins Independent Booksellers Book of the Year20Award 2014


The awards, which coincided with Independent Booksellers Week (28 June - 5 July), included three categories - Adult, Children's Fiction and Children's Picture Book. 

The winning titles were judged by two separate judging panels comprising authors, booksellers and journalists, and the judging panels were chaired by the BA’s Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services who said: “The winning books were chosen after much debate around each of the very strong, and varied, shortlists. They are all perfect titles for independent booksellers to be enthusiastic about and hand sell. The judges have chosen fantastic winners, and we are delighted to be able to showcase these books during IBW.”

The judges praised the ambition, wit and breathtaking clarity in the way Kate Atkinson evokes wartime Britain and English family life in Life After Life, a novel that spans the most turbulent events of the 20th century in the run up to its second cataclysmic war.

Kate, who was presented with her IBW Book Award by Marie Moser, owner of the Edinburgh Bookshop, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Life After Life has won the IBW Book Award. Independent booksellers have been a vital part of supporting my books and creating that essential word of mouth for all great writing. They are so knowledgeable and read so much. I am enormously grateful for all the work they continue to do.”

Kate also won the US equivalent of the award earlier in the year.


Kate on The South Bank Show

The South Bank Show returns to Sky Arts on May 22nd at 9.30pm with six brand new episodes and we're delighted to confirm that Kate will appear in the second episode. The series, which has been running for 35 years, will once again be presented, edited and written by Melvyn Bragg and will also feature TV producer John Lloyd, actor Daniel Radcliffe, singer Angel Blue and playwright Abi Morgan.

Kate's episode will be broadcast at 9.30pm on Thursday 29th May.


Kate on BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics


Every morning, from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th February, Kate will be Rob Cowan's 3C/strong>special guest on the BBC Radio 3 programme, Essential Classics.

During the daily broadcasts, Kate will be discussing her writing and20sharing music that she has a strong personal connection with.

Tune in daily from 9am (special guests usually join at approximately 10:30am) to listen, or catch up at your convenience by visiting the Radio 3 website.


Costa Novel Award 2013 Winner

Kate Atkinson wins the Costa Novel Award202013Kate Atkinson's latest novel, Life After Life, has won the Costa Novel Award at this20year's ceremony.

09The novel, which was also shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and won the Good Reads award for historical fiction, was up against Bernadine Bishop's Unexpected Lessons in Love, All the Birds, Singing by20Evie Wyld and Maggie O'Farrell's Instructions for a Heatwave.

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through  the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past.

A novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.

Find out more about Life After Life.


Production company Lionsgate has acquired the rights to develop Kate's award-winning novel for the big screen.

Semi Chellas (Mad Men) and Esta Spalding (The Bridge) will be writing the screenplay.

Read more on the Telegraph website.


Kate Atkinson receives her MBE at Buckingham Palace

 Kate Atkinson is delighted at becoming an MBE for producing a series of best-selling and critically acclaimed books. The award-winning novelist from York said the honour was a boost for the arts and a personal tribute to her efforts over more than 15 years as a published writer.

Speaking after the receiving the honour from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace yesterday, she added: "I am delighted and honoured, and very surprised to get the MBE. It's a great tribute to the arts. I think it's a really nice thing for writers to get awards. If you look at who's here today, obviously people are getting awards for charity (work) which they should do, but there are very few people from the arts. I'm not criticising, I'm just saying it's nice."




Photos from the Fountains Abbey event

Kate had a very successful event on 15th July as part of the Harrogate Festival, with the sturdy Harrogate folk braving the rain to listen to her talk about her work, with particularly reference to her latest Jackson Brodie novel Started Early, Took My Dog, which Kate refers to her as her 'hymn to Yorkshire–B.


Click on the images below to see larger versions. The middle photo is Kate's attempt at recreating the book jacket.

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Started Early... selected as a Daily Telegraph Bookclub choice

Started Early, Took My Dog was the Daily Telegraph’s Bookclub choice for July 2011.

The four-week promotion started on 2nd July with a profile interview with Kate and was followed by an online discussion and in-print commentary throughout the month.

Previous titles featured in the bookclub include, Paul Murray's Skippy Dies, Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question and Michael Faber's The Crimson Petal.

Find out more about the Daily Telegraph Bookclub.


Case Histories Audiobooks Box Set

Audiobooks CD Box Set A CD box set containing the first three audiobooks of Kate Atkinson's bestselling Jackson Brodie novels is now available. The abridged recordings comprise Case Histories, One Good Turn and When Will There Be Good News? across 15 CDs and are narrated by Jason Isaacs who plays Jackson in the BBC adaptation.

Order your set here.





n Isaacs who plays Jackson in the BBC adaptation.


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Kate Atkinson © Euan Myles


Kate Atkinson

Photo: © Euan Myles