Kate on BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics


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

During the daily broadcasts, Kate will be discussing her writing and sharing 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 Award 2013Kate Atkinson's latest novel, Life After Life, has won the Costa Novel Award at this year's ceremony.

The 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 by Evie 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.


Life After Life set for the big screen

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

09 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'.

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

Kate Atkinson at the Fountains Abbey Kate Atkinson recreates the Started Early, Took My Dog jacket Audience at the Fountains Abbey event

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.





Kate Atkinson  Euan Myles


Kate Atkinson

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