A tale of perpetual resurrection offers vivid, often playful writing, but an unbelievable premiseCracking the spine of the first novel on the Not the Booker shortlist is generally a nerve-racking experience. I don’t usually know much about the author at all, not least because the books are typically first or second novels by young writers.Kate Atkinson is a different proposition. She’s so well established, she’s won an MBE. There is no denying that Atkinson’s recognition is well earned: she has close to 20 years of consistently good work behind her, beginning with the Whitbread award-winning Behind the Scenes at the Museum. I’m told that her Jackson Brodie crime novels can hold their own, and critics generally love her.Even so, I had a few worries after learning the premise of Life After Life. The cover asks: “What would you do if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?” The novel isn’t quite as straightforward as that question suggests, but it essentially sums things up. Ursula Todd, born in 1910, gets numerous chances to relive her life. Every time Todd dies, Atkinson brings her back and gives her a chance to relive …read more

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