Kate Atkinson: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Kate Atkinson

Award Winning Author

Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh.

She 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 novel Life After Life won the Costa Novel Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize. It was also voted Book of the Year for the independent booksellers associations on both sides of the Atlantic. Her new novel, A God in Ruins, is a companion to Life After Life, although the two novels can be read independently.

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.

‘A voice that is both idiosyncratic and wise, one that sees the world in a distinctive, dark, but oddly consoling way…Atkinson is often compared in terms of her complex plots and multifaceted characters to Charles Dickens. But the novelist Life After Life most conjures is her heroine Jane Austen, whose writing is also full of a sense of might-have-been.’ - Telegraph

'It doesn't really matter in which genre Atkinson chooses to write. Her subject is always the irrecoverable loss of love and how best to continue living once you have glumly recognised that "That was what the world was like, things improved but they didn't get better". Her gift is presenting this unnerving and subversive philosophy as a dazzling form of entertainment' - The Sunday Times

-2014 - South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature Winner - Life After Life
-2013 - Costa Book Awards Winner (Novel of the Year) - Life After Life
-2013 - Specsavers National Book Awards Winner - Waterstones Author of the Year
-2014 - Independent Booksellers Book of the Year Winner (UK) - Life After Life
-2014 - Indies Choice Book of the Year Winner - ABA (USA) - Life After Life
-2011 - Awarded MBE for Services to Literature

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