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Kate Atkinson

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Occupation  Writer
Children  Eve Worden
Genre  Crime fiction
Spouse  Catherine Pawson
Alma mater  University of Dundee
Role  Writer
Language  English
Name  Kate Atkinson

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Awards  E. M. Forster Award, Costa First Novel Award, Costa Book of the Year, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Historical Fiction
Education  University of Dundee, Eton College, Architectural Association School of Architecture
Books  Life After Life, A God in Ruins, Case Histories, When Will There Be Good Ne, Behind the Scenes at the Muse
Similar People  Donna Tartt, Jason Isaacs, Gillian Flynn, Tana French, Hilary Mantel

Nominations  Dagger in the Library

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Kate Atkinson, MBE (born 20 December 1951) is an award-winning English writer. She won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize in 1995 and, under its new name the Costa Book Awards, in 2013 and 2015 in the Novels category.


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Atkinson was born in York, the daughter of a shopkeeper. She studied English literature at the University of Dundee, gaining her master's degree in 1974. Atkinson subsequently studied for a doctorate in American literature, entitled "The post-modern American short story in its historical context". She has often spoken publicly that she failed at the viva (oral examination) stage. After leaving the university, she took on a variety of jobs from home help to legal secretary and teacher.

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Atkinson has been married twice, while a student to the father of her first daughter Eve, and subsequently to the father of her second daughter Helen. She lives in Edinburgh.

Writing career

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Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year and went on to be a Sunday Times bestseller. Since then, she has published another nine novels, one play, and one collection of short stories. A series of four novels, starting with Case Histories, has featured the character of Jackson Brodie as a private investigator and former police inspector.

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Her work is often celebrated for its wit, wisdom and subtle characterisation, and the surprising twists and plot turns. She has frequently criticised the media's coverage of her work – when she won the Whitbread award, for example, it was the fact that she was a "single mother" who lived outside London that received the most attention.

In 2009, she donated the short story "Lucky We Live Now" to Oxfam's Ox-Tales project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Atkinson's story was published in the Earth collection.

In March 2010, Atkinson appeared at the York Literature Festival, giving a world-premier reading from an early chapter from her novel Started Early, Took My Dog (2010), which is set mainly in the English city of Leeds.

Atkinson was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to literature.


  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995) – winner of the 1995 Whitbread first novel and Book of the Year Prize
  • Human Croquet (1997)
  • Emotionally Weird (2000)
  • Life After Life (2013)  – winner of the 2013 Costa novel award
  • A God in Ruins (2015)  – winner of the 2015 Costa novel award
  • Novels featuring Jackson Brodie

  • Case Histories (2004)
  • One Good Turn (2006)
  • When Will There Be Good News? (2008)
  • Started Early, Took My Dog (2010)
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  • Abandonment (2000)
  • Story collections

  • Not the End of the World (2002)
  • Television adaptations

    The four Jackson Brodie novels have been adapted by other writers for the BBC under the series titled Case Histories, featuring Jason Isaacs as Brodie.

    In 2015 in the United States, Shonda Rhimes was in the process of developing a pilot called The Catch, based on a treatment written by Atkinson, and starring Mireille Enos.

    Awards and honours

  • 1995 Whitbread Awards (Book of the Year), Behind the Scenes at the Museum
  • 2009 Crime Thriller Award for The CWA Gold Dagger: When Will There Be Good News? (nominated)
  • 2009 British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Bookclub Winner, When Will There Be Good News?
  • 2013 Costa Book Awards (Novel category), Life After Life
  • 2014 Walter Scott Prize shortlist for Life After Life
  • 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Life after Life
  • 2015 Costa Book Awards (Novel category), A God In Ruins
  • Personal life

    Atkinson lived in Whitby, North Yorkshire, for a time, but now lives in Edinburgh near the authors JK Rowling, Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith.


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