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Third novel by the bestselling author of When Will There Be Good News? - the ultimate (hilarious) 1970s campus novel.

On a peat and heather island off the west coast of Scotland, Effie and her mother Nora take refuge in the large mouldering house of their ancestors and tell each other stories.Nora, at first, recounts nothing that Effie really wants to hear, like who her father was - variously Jimmy, Jack, or Ernie.

Effie tells of her life at college in Dundee, the land of cakes and William Wallace, where she lives in a lethargic relationship with Bob, a student who never goes to lectures, seldom gets out of bed, and to whom the Klingons are as real as the French and the Germans (more real than the Luxemburgers).But strange things are happening. Why is Effie being followed?Is someone killing the old people? And where is the mysterious yellow dog?

Reviews

'The lustre, energy and panache of her writing are as striking as ever...Funny, bold and memorable'

The Times

'Beautifully written...brimming with quirky characters and original storytelling. Kate Atkinson has struck gold with this unique offering'

Time Out

'A truly comic novel - achingly funny in parts - challenging and executed with wit and mischief...an hilarious and magical trip'

Daily Express

'Sends jolts of pleasure off the page...Atkinson's funniest foray yet...it is a work of Dickensian or even Shakespearean plenty'

The Scotsman

A truly comic novel - achingly funny in parts - challenging and executed with wit and mischief...an hilarious and magical trip

The Express

Her novels are remarkable both in and of themselves, and as evidence of an important emerging body of work from a brilliant and profoundly original writer

Daily Telegraph

With just two novels, Atkinson has added new colour to the British literary landscape

Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781409094616

    May 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    496 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780552997348

    April 6, 2001

    Black Swan

    496 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • Audio CD

    9781846572371

    February 15, 2010

    Audiobooks

    RRP $42.99

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