Started Early, Took My Dog

Started Early, Took My Dog

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A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn. Witnesses to Tracy's Faustian exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie who has returned to his home county in search of someone else's roots. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished. Kate Atkinson dovetails and counterpoints her plots with Dickensian brilliance in a tale peopled with unlikely heroes and villains. "Started Early, Took My Dog" is freighted with wit, wisdom and a fierce moral intelligence. It confirms Kate Atkinson's position as one of the great writers of our time.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 158 x 240 x 29mm | 606g
  • DOUBLEDAY
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0385608020
  • 9780385608022
  • 40,322

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"Crime has given Atkinson the freedom to write an ambitious, panoramic work, full of excitement, colour and compassion." Sunday Times "Atkinson's finest novel to date. Indeed, it's one of the finest British novels, in any genre, to have emerged for years...sharp and dexterous, subtle and stylish, very funny and at time extraordinarily cutting...This is very much a state of the nation novel - far sharper and more observant and satirically understanding than anything else out there at the moment. And yet Atkinson also gives us humanity, insight and entertainment...a story that deserves to be read for decades to come." -- Henry Sutton Mirror "The wonder of Atkinson's novels has been their joie de vivre, extraordinary given the high incidence of violent death. An irrepressible exuberance shines throughout..folds past and present together with Atkinson's customary flair...extraordinary combination of wit, plain-speaking, tenderness and control." Guardian "As ever, Atkinson's prose is diamond-cut to twinkle and slice by turns. Her playful sense of humour dances round the darkness of her themes. She skips through the difficult steps required to balance the reader's need for satisfying (and surprising) resolution with a realist's view of human nature and the messiness of real-life criminality." Daily Telegraph "Some authors inspire mild interest; others complete devotion. Kate is defnitely one of the latter... a dazzlingly plotted, un-put-downable read." Grazia
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About Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her latest novel Life After Life was shortlisted for the Women's (formerly Orange) Prize, the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award, and won the 2013 Costa Novel Award. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.
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31,599 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 28% (8,863)
4 43% (13,625)
3 22% (7,106)
2 5% (1,456)
1 2% (549)

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I live in the US, and had to order this book from Book Depository so I could read it as soon as it came out, and I can happily say I was not disappointed. As in the previous books about Jackson Brodie and the mysteries he encounters, Kate Atkinson weaves an intricate story involving past wrongs and current events. Her characters are entirely engaging and the involving story keeps the reader closely following every word. Just enough mystery is left unsolved at the end of the novel to cause me to look forward to the next book, which I hope is not long in coming!show more
by Claire Phillips
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