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Not The End Of The World

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I can think of few writers who can make the ordinary collide with the extraordinary to such beguiling effect...left me so fizzing with admiration' Observer

A stunning collection of short stories by the three-times Costa prizewinner

Not the End of the World is Kate Atkinson's first collection of short stories. Playful and profound, they explore the world we think we know whilst offering a vision of another world which lurks just beneath the surface of our consciousness, a world where the myths we have banished from our lives are startlingly present and where imagination has the power to transform reality.

From Charlene and Trudi, obsessively making lists while bombs explode softly in the streets outside, to gormless Eddie, maniacal cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who may just have discovered the secret to eternal life, each of these stories shows that when the worlds of material existence and imagination collide, anything is possible.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 21mm | 230g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New Jacket
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  • 0552771058
  • 9780552771054
  • 81,456

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A stunning collection of thoughtful and highly readable short stories by Whitbread Award-winner, Kate Atkinson.
What is the real world? Does it exist, or is it merely a means of keeping another reality at bay? Not the End of the World is Kate Atkinson's first collection of short stories. Playful and profound, they explore the world we think we know while offering a vision of another world which lurks just beneath the surface of our consciousness, a world where the myths we have banished from our lives are startlingly present and where imagination has the power to transform reality. From Charlene and Trudi, obsessively making lists while bombs explode softly in the streets outside, to gormless Eddie, maniacal cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who may just have discovered the secret to eternal life, each of these stories posits a skewed reality glimpsed out of the corner of an eye. When the worlds of material existence and imagination collide, anything is possible.
Vibrantly contemporary, plausibly implausible, refreshingly original, Not the End of the World is a timely meditation on mythology and transformation, and demonstrates Kate Atkinson to be one of the most inventive and entertaining of modern writers.
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Inventive and moving, these are truly tales for the new millennium
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Inventive and moving, these are truly tales for the new millennium * Good Book Guide * Moving and funny, and crammed with incidental wisdom * Sunday Times * An exceptionally funny, quirky and bold writer * Independent on Sunday * I can think of few writers who can make the ordinary collide with the extraordinary to such beguiling effect...left me so fizzing with admiration * Observer * Exceptional...Sharp, witty and completely compelling * Daily Mail *
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About Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of the world's foremost novelists. She won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her three critically lauded and prizewinning novels set around World War II are Life After Life, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award), and Transcription. She has also written five bestselling literary crime novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, the latest of which is Big Sky.

Kate Atkinson was appointed MBE for services to literature in 2011.
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