Ruby, the narrator, tells us about her Yorkshire childhood,
starting within her mother's birth canal, waiting to be born.
Interwoven into her childhood - full of bizarre events, as seen by
Ruby (but probably nobody else) - are historical 'footnote'
sections about Ruby's forebears, which work beautifully. Ruby's
delivery is fast and furious, an overflowing cornucopia of stories,
characters, dramatic events and adolescent angst - funny, vivid,
original, with a neat surprise tucked into the end. Winner of the
1995 Whitbread Prize. (Kirkus UK)
Twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Kate Atkinson's brilliant and
unforgettable first novel, which won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book
of the Year Prize. 'Delivers its jokes and its tragedies as
efficiently as Dickens...outrageously funny...will dazzle readers
for years to come' - HILARY MANTEL, author of The Mirror and the
Light Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while
her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a
woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty
had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat
above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with
sensible and sardonic Patrica aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian
who refused to be ignored, and Ruby... Ruby tells the story of The
Family, from the day at the end of the nineteenth century when a
travelling French photographer catches frail beautiful Alice and
her children, like flowers in amber, to the startling, witty, and
memorable events of Ruby's own life. 'Little short of a
masterpiece...Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinson's
hilarious novel made me laugh and cry' Daily Mail 'An astounding
book...without doubt one of the finest novels I have read for
years' THE TIMES
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