The first story collection from Kate Atkinson in twenty years, Normal Rules Don’t Apply is a dazzling array of eleven interconnected tales from the bestselling author of Shrines of Gaiety and Life After Life
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; a man whose luck changes when a horse speaks to him.
With clockwork intricacy, inventiveness and sharp social observation, Kate Atkinson conjures a feast for the imagination, a constantly changing multiverse in which nothing is quite as it seems.
Praise for Kate Atkinson:
‘Inexhaustibly ingenious’ HILARY MANTEL
‘Simply one of the best writers working today, anywhere in the world’ GILLIAN FLYNN
‘A brilliant and profoundly original writer’ RACHEL CUSK
‘Atkinson is a novelist of unrivalled immediacy, authority, and skill’ FINANCIAL TIMES
‘Atkinson has a plotter’s mind: intricate, clever, satisfying’ THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘One of our finest novelists’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Kate Atkinson is an international treasure: She creates characters with the ease of Agatha Christie, makes narratives out of mysteries and mystery out of narrative, and has written some of the most memorable scenes and dialogue I’ve encountered in the past decade’ VANITY FAIR
‘I can think of few writers who can make the ordinary collide with the extraordinary to such beguiling effect’ OBSERVER
‘One of the country’s most innovative, exciting and intelligent authors.’ SCOTSMAN