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Winner of the 2005 Scottish Book of the Year Award from the Saltire Society.
A major event: a new novel by the Whitbread winner, her first novel since Emotionally Weird, and probably her most commercial book yet. 'Investigating other people's tragedies and cock-ups and misfortunes was all he knew. He was used to being a voyeur, the outsider looking in, and nothing, but nothing, that anyone did surprised him any more. Yet despite everything he'd seen and done, inside Jackson there remained a belief - a small, battered and bruised belief - that his job was to help people be good rather than punish them for being bad.' Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet - Lost on the left, Found on the right - and the two never seem to balance. Jackson has never felt at home in Cambridge, and has a failed marriage to prove it. He is forty-five but feels much, much older. He is at that dangerous age when men suddenly notice that they're going to die eventually, inevitably, and there isn't a damn thing they can do about it. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life is brought sharply into focus.Ingeniously plotted, full of suspense and heartbreak, CASE HISTORIES is a feat of bravura storytelling that conveys the mysteries of life, its inanities and its hilarities. It is a life-affirming work of profound insight and intelligence.
- 17/09/2010 Kate Atkinson has a beautiful turn of phrase, and her observations on the minutiae of life are near-perfect. Her characters are quirky and fun. However, I think plot is her weak point, and at several points in the story I was a bit confused as to who was talking, when the action was taking place, and just what was going on. Relax in to the language, the characters, and enjoy the book - just don't be surprised if it doesn't quite make sense.