Not the End of the World
What is the real world? Does it exist, or is it merely a means of keeping another reality at bay? NOT THE END OF THE WORLD is Kate Atkinson's first collection of short stories, Playful and profound, they explore the world we think we know whilst offering a vision of another world which lurks just beneath the surface of our consciousness, a world where the myths we have banished from our lives are startlingly present and where imagination has the power to transform reality. From Charlene and Trudi, obsessively making lists while bombs explode softly in the streets outside, to gormiess Eddie, maniacal cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who may just have discovered the secret to eternal life, each of these stories posits a skewed reality glimpsed out of the corner of an eye. When the worlds of material existence and imagination collide, anything is possible...Vibrantly contemporary, plausibly implausible, refreshingly original, NOT THE END OF THE WORLD is a timely meditation on mythology and transformation, and demonstrates Kate Atkinson to be one of the most inventive and entertaining of modern writers.
A stunning collection of literary and ultra readable short stories by Whitbread winner Kate Atkinson.
Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet and Emotionally Weird. Her most recent bestseller, Case Histories, won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and the Prix Westminster. Her new novel, One Good Turn, is available now from Doubleday.