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 gormless Eddie, maniacal cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who may just have discovered the secret to eternal life, each of these stories shows that when the worlds of material existence and imagination collide, anything is possible.
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Fun and thought-provoking with great narration
Delicious language, Exceptional story telling.
It's unpredictability, the clever structure and subtle links between the incredibly believable story characters, the links to the classics...but most of all the fabulous language,especially in the first and last chapters.I was salivating after the list of items in the food hall.
She rolls the words around in her mouth, delivering them with such precision. Loved it.
Playthings of the gods?
Just love everything I have read by Kate...Can't get enough of her work.
- Mrs. AB