Life After Life

Life After Life

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 30/01/2014
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Life After Life
An exceptional novel
I have to admit that I've never been tempted by Kate Atkinson before but the blurb for this was very appealing so I thought I'd give it a try. I wasn't dis... READ MORE
Jen Wootton at Covent Garden
Life After Life
A dedicated read.
In the afterword, Ms Atkinson acknowledges that she read and read up on the history and accounts of the World wars and The Blitz, then tried hard to forget... READ MORE
Lynn at Lancaster
Life After Life
Incredibly original.
I am not ordinarily a fan of Atkinson's work but this novel ended up being a fabulous, moving and original read for me. The characters are prone to changin... READ MORE
Emma Prince at Portsmouth
Life After Life
Kate Atkinson at her best
By synopsis, it would be easy to dismiss Life After Life as just another variation on the 'sliding doors' conceit. Yes, it's all about how life can balanc... READ MORE
Suzanne Mwamba


'...a box of delights.' - Hilary Mantel

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552776639
  • Number of pages: 624
  • Weight: 419g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 37 mm

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Life After Life
A truly moving and ingeniously woven tale. I'm still puzzled as to how Atkinson managed to tell the same story over and again without boring me once. The c... READ MORE
Life After Life
Slightly disappointed
I do like to read books on review from people, but I was slightly disappointed with this latest novel from Kate Atkinson. Having read many of her other nov... READ MORE
Life After Life
Bizarre & Brilliant!
This book is a fantastic read although it can be very confusing at times which I believe is kind of the point to it. I'd definitely recommend reading it if... READ MORE
Life After Life
Life after life
At first I found the book quite confusing but soon understood what was happening and found myself asking what would have happened to me if I had made diff... READ MORE
Marie Louise Williamson
Life After Life
From Beginning To End
Do you like happy endings? Kate'll give you happy endings. She also gives us sad, dull, banal, heroic, tragic, comic, ironic, meaningful, and meaningless e... READ MORE
Life After Life
The usual high level prose and original plot as in her previous novels. This is serous writing -and reading- which makes you think and gives you full satis... READ MORE
Life After Life
Give it time
Took me a while to get into the rhythum of is book and as usual Kate Atkinson gives you far too many characters to keep track of! An interesting concept fo... READ MORE
Life After Life
Read it now!
Having previously read and adored 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum' I had high expectations for 'Life After Life' but they were completely met. It was a tr... READ MORE
Life After Life
This was my first foray into Kate Atkinson's books, having read many good reviews.Sadly I was disappointed by the predictability of the plot and thought so... READ MORE
Giuliana Christmas
Life After Life
Where repetition is far from tedious...
A repetitious plot with tweaks of circumstance might sound like it’ll confuse, or frustrate, or (heaven forbid!) bore, but it is in fact simply genius. I w... READ MORE
Leilah at Doncaster
Life After Life
A wonderful tale!
I loved this story from the very beginning! You will get lost in the world of the Todds and feel their pain and joy through every lifetime Ursula lives! A ... READ MORE
Life After Life
A magnificent book which explores the lessons one must learn in life and the importance of them. A long read but I was glued the whole time. If you liked t... READ MORE
Scarlett Coulson
Life After Life
A book of what-ifs
A book of what-ifs. OK, technically all fiction is what-ifs - that's why it's fiction: it's hypothetical. 'Life after life' is meta-what-if. It tells and r... READ MORE
Lesley Jane
Life After Life
I bought this after watching the BBC television series and as hoped and expected it is so much better than the TV version. I felt I knew all the characters... READ MORE