Shrines of Gaiety (Paperback)
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Shrines of Gaiety (Paperback)

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Published: 27/04/2023
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Evoking the bohemian atmosphere of Jazz Age London and peppered with unforgettable larger-than-life characters, Shrines of Gaiety finds the award-winning author of Life After Life on peerless form as she recounts the spectacular story of Nellie Coker, queen of the capital's nightlife.

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: 367 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 32 mm


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Brilliant. - Richard Osman

A heady brew of crime, romance and satire set amid the sordid glitz of London nightlife in the 1920s . . . Shrines of Gaiety sees Atkinson on her finest form . . . A marvel of plate-spinning narrative knowhow . . . a peak performance of consummate control. - Anthony Cummins, OBSERVER

Sharp, witty and fiendishly plotted ... you don't so much as read it as surrender to it - FINANCIAL TIMES, 'Best books of 2022'

Seduction, betrayal and larger-than-life characters that will have you hooked until the last page. - THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Kate Atkinson is on deliciously acerbic form in Shrines of Gaiety ... exposing the underbelly of London nightlife in the roaring 20s - GUARDIAN, 'Books of the Year'

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“Sleaze and crime in 20’s Soho..”

I’d like to warn you that I am totally biased in my review since I am a great fan of the fantastic Kate Atkinson. There is a lot to say about her novel which is simply a perfect portrayal of London’s criminal... More

Hardback edition
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“Another witty page turner from Atkinson”

*I received a free preview copy of this book from NetGalley*

“Anyone could write a provocative but ultimately quite tedious contemporary novel”

Kate Atkinson is back on top form with this witty and far from tedious... More

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“1920s nightclubs brought to vivid life”

Atkinson never fails to engage, entertain and intrigue her readers.
A varied and vivid cast of characters, from Gwendolyn; librarian turned spy and nightclub manager to corrupt and terrifying Nellie Coker, matriarch... More

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