Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
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From the inimitable bestselling author, Kate Atkinson, a mesmerising novel set in the glittering world of Soho in the 1920s – a place of gangsters and showgirls, Bright Young Things and one remarkable woman.
‘Atkinson on her finest form. A marvel of plate-spinning narrative knowhow, a peak performance of consummate control.’ OBSERVER
‘This is the perfect novel for uncertain times.’ THE TIMES
‘I can think of few writers other than Dickens who can match it’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Brilliant’ RICHARD OSMAN
‘Kate Atkinson is simply one of the best writers working today, anywhere in the world’ GILLIAN FLYNN
1926, and in a country still recovering from the Great War, London has become the focus for a delirious new nightlife. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm rub shoulders with starlets, foreign dignitaries with gangsters, and girls sell dances for a shilling a time.
At the heart of this glittering world is notorious Nellie Coker, ruthless but also ambitious to advance her six children, including the enigmatic eldest, Niven whose character has been forged in the crucible of the Somme. But success breeds enemies, and Nellie’s empire faces threats from without and within. For beneath the dazzle of Soho’s gaiety, there is a dark underbelly, a world in which it is all too easy to become lost.
With her unique Dickensian flair, Kate Atkinson brings together a glittering cast of characters in a truly mesmeric novel that captures the uncertainty and mutability of life; of a world in which nothing is quite as it seems.
‘Seduction, betrayal, and larger-than-life characters that will have you hooked until the last page’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
‘This book is one to savour, for the energy, for the wit, for the tenderness of characterisation that make Atkinson enduringly popular’ GUARDIAN
‘As vividly filthy, populous, dangerous as anything described by Dickens, but writing is closer to Thackeray’s…Atkinson is a novelist of unrivalled immediacy, authority, and skill.’ FINANCIAL TIMES
About the Author: Kate Atkinson is one of the world’s foremost novelists. She won the Costa Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her three critically lauded and prize-winning novels set around the Second World War are Life After Life, now an acclaimed BBC TV series starring Thomasin McKenzie, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award) and Transcription. Her bestselling literary crime novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog, became a BBC television series starring Jason Isaacs. Jackson Brodie later returned in the novel Big Sky.
Paperback / softback
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
General (US: Trade)
|Date of Publication
20 Nov 0428
Shrines of Gaiety: From the global No.1 bestselling author of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson ISBN 9781804991053