Atkinson, Kate. (b. 1951).
L i f e
- born in England, currently resident in Edinburgh
W o r k
- magic realism: blends everyday life with fantastic events
- introduces an anti-Family Saga: a tragi-comic parody of the traditional family chronicle
- preoccupied with revealing dark family secrets: infidelity, illegitimacy, violence, abuse, even incest
- plays with chronology, juxtaposes past and present, and easily moves characters about in space and time
Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995):
- a novel following four generations of women in a middle-class English family
- concerned with the impact of the two World Wars, failing marriages, and tragic deaths of children
Human Croquet (1997):
- a novel set in mid-20th and 16th centuries
- follows an adolescent girl's search in her mother's love history and her own youthful yearning for love
Emotionally Weird (2000):
- a novel set on a desolate and lonely island off the coast of Scotland
- narrated by a mother and daughter who reflect on their past
- the daughter recalls her high times during university studies > includes farcical episodes featuring idiosyncratic professor and student types
- a theatre play
Not the End of the World (2002):
- a short story collection
Case Histories (2004) and One Good Turn (2006):
- her latest novels
(Photo: Kate Atkinson co uk).
AuthorKate Atkinson. (b. 1951). British.
WorkNovelist. Short story writer. Playwright and scriptwright. Author of Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995).
GenresModern fiction. Magic realism.
"I suppose reality is a relative kind of thing, like time. Maybe there can be more than one version of reality--what you see depends on where you're standing."
From Human Croquet (1997).