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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409094586
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448
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Human Croquet




The brilliant second novel from the Richard & Judy winner and Whitbread (now Costa) prizewinner

Once it had been the great forest of Lythe - a vast and impenetrable thicket of green.And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself.

But over the centuries the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees.The Fairfaxes have dwindled too; now they live in 'Arden' at the end of Hawthorne Close and are hardly a family at all.

But Isobel Fairfax, who drops into pockets of time and out again, knows about the past. She is sixteen and waiting for the return of her mother - the thin, dangerous Eliza with her scent of nicotine, Arpège and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409094586
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of the world's foremost novelists. She won the Costa (formerly the Whitbread) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. She has written four previous bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog, which became a BBC television series starring Jason Isaacs. She has since written three critically lauded and prizewinning novels set around World War II: Life After Life, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award), and, most recently, Transcription. Big Sky is her twelfth book.

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Praise for Human Croquet

“'Vivid, richly imaginative, hilarious and frightening by turns'”

Observer

“'Huge, exhilarating, loving and detailed eruption of a novel...an utterly intoxicating display of novelistic elan...big and joyous, literary and accessible...storytelling at its buoyant best'”

The Scotsman

“Wonderfully eloquent and forceful Kate Atkinson goes at the same pace in her second novel as she did in her first...welcome back, wild north-easter...brilliant and engrossing”

Evening Standard

“'Vivid and intriguing...fizzles and crackles along...a tour de force'”

Independent

“Part ghost story, part murder mystery, this is an exquisitely written, literary novel that reads as compellingly as any thriller”

Cosmopolitan

“A stunner of a second novel...a gutsy book, wrenched from the heart and written with tremendous force, immersing you in its strange, eccentric world”

Marie Claire

“The quirky imagination, subversive humour and instinct for domestic chaos that Atkinson displayed in her first novel...are rampantly evident again”

Publishers Weekly


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