Normal Rules Don't Apply (Hardback)
  • Normal Rules Don't Apply (Hardback)
  • Normal Rules Don't Apply (Hardback)
  • Normal Rules Don't Apply (Hardback)
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Normal Rules Don't Apply (Hardback)

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Published: 24/08/2023
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Waterstones Says

The bestselling author of Life After Life and Shrines of Gaiety spins a set of bewitching, wildly imaginative short stories where unusual occurrences infiltrate everyday life.

One of the world's great storytellers conjures a captivating new book. In this first full collection since Not the End of the World, we meet a queen who makes a bargain she cannot keep; a secretary who watches over the life she has just left; and a man whose luck changes when a horse speaks to him.

Witty and wise, with subtle connections between the stories, Normal Rules Don't Apply is a startling, and funny feast for the imagination. In Kate Atkinson's world nothing is over until 'the talking dog speaks.'

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857529183
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 442 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

What really binds these stories is their underlying theme, which has perhaps always been Atkinson’s true subject: the nature of storytelling itself. She can be very funny, but she is highly serious about the idea that human existence is bound up with words… If you’re thinking about what fiction means, no invocation could be more thought-provoking or ironically complex - Times Literary Supplement

What joy! A loosely connected collection of short stories from Kate Atkinson. Life in all of its surreal, tragic and comic glory is perfectly captured within these pages. - Red

Sublime … showcases her superb storytelling and the wit of her writing - Good Housekeeping

All kinds of stories are inside these tales – fairy stories, creation myths, fantasy, Bible stories, tabloid headlines, soaps, movies and crime. Atkinson’s sly humour percolates all the way through, but there’s also humanity, hope and forgiveness... The simplicity of the short story form belies the book’s multi-layered approach. As soon as you get to the end, you’ll be tempted to just start at the beginning again to see the nuances you missed first time round, and tease out the threads that run between each tale. - Independent

Hilarious, breathtaking, horrific, irresistible ... [Atkinson is] always in command ... Heart in mouth, I never wanted this book to end - Sydney Morning Herald

Atkinson has the happy knack of capturing the nature of her characters with arch aplomb - Daily Mail

Dazzling ... Most striking of all is the abiding sense of infectious, slightly bonkers fun. - Reader's Digest

A deftly interconnected short-story collection [that is] varied and inventive - i Newspaper

Funny, erudite and profound - Excelle Magazine

Here you will find lots of tricks, lots of playfulness, clever narrative engineering. - BBC Radio 4 Front Row

Clever... a crossword-like exercise in which the reader is always left guessing which element of each story will carry into the next. Much of the delight in Normal Rules Don't Apply comes from being surprised by who lands where. - Financial Times

Intriguing - Business Post

Atkinson's sly humour percolates all the way through, but there's also humanity, hope and forgiveness... As soon as you get to the end, you'll be tempted to just start at the beginning again. - PA Media

Funny and poignant in equal measure, you’ll want to read this captivating collection in one mystical sitting. - Daily Express

Fans of Atkinson will find all of her trademark qualities in these eleven loosely connected stories... rather brilliant - Mail on Sunday

Scintillating, surrealistic and wise-cracking short stories from the wildly inventive Atkinson brain - SAGA magazine

The short form has always liberated Atkinson to meddle in myth and magic, and here she melds the fabular and the mundane as the universe blinks, the sun winks out, and those in the open are levelled in a “new Pompeii”... Atkinson has the control and charm to do with fiction whatever she fancies. - Guardian

Mashes up the mythical and mundane with zest and mischief - Herald Scotland

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“Imagination Working Overtime”

I love short stories!

An author can write fifty number-one bestsellers and be the most popular wordsmith in the world, but is unable to write short stories. It takes a special kind of person to deliver a story in a... More

Hardback edition
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“Short Stories”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
This is an excellent collection of connected short stories.
Some will make you laugh, some will make you consider what you would do.
A brilliant mix of fairy... More

Hardback edition
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“Breaking the rules of narrative by the inimitable Kate Atkinson”

An intriguing collection of eleven interconnected stories, which certainly do not conform the ‘normal rules’ of fiction writing.
This is what makes this collection irresistible. Kate Atkinson is always able to... More

Hardback edition
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