Shrines of Gaiety

Shrines of Gaiety

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 27/04/2023
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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. 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.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781804991053
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Weight: 367g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 32 mm

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Shrines of Gaiety
Hedonistic delight!
Yet another triumph from Kate Atkinson, an author who always seems to be able to present pivotal historical moments with both seriousness and readability. ... READ MORE
Sara Logan Bennison
Shrines of Gaiety
"The Queen of SoHo"
I’m a fan of Kate Atkinson and have read nearly all her previous works; the first was Behind the Scenes at the Museum, which I absolutely loved & I felt th... READ MORE
Catherine Baxendale
Shrines of Gaiety
Better times?
I absolutely loved this book and all the characters in it. Dear Nellie Coker - I would love to have met her! Kate Atkinson hooks you in from page 1 and tak... READ MORE
Jacqueline Batt
Shrines of Gaiety
A terrific novel of 1920s London and its Underworld
From a large cast of characters, an amazing sense of London life in 1926 and a deep understanding of what people are capable of, the latest novel by this t... READ MORE
Shrines of Gaiety
Very Entertaining but Then it Stops!
As usual with Atkinson, this interweaves many threads of story involving some great characters, and is the very definition of “page-turner”. However, for ... READ MORE
Derek Duerden