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Shrines of Gaiety: Kate Atkinson’s Roaring Twenties romp has mobsters, molls and matriarchs

The best-selling author's latest novel is set in 1926, in the murky nightclubs of post-war London

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Shrines Of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson

Shrines Of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson

Shrines of Gaiety

Shrines of Gaiety

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Shrines Of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson

Once she got going, Kate Atkinson’s career has been one long triumph. Her debut, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, back in 1995, won the Whitbread Prize (later the Costa). She would win the Costa twice more. She has succeeded in entertaining millions of readers with a diverse range of books, from her Jackson Brodie detective series to her historical novels.

Entertainment is the key feature of Atkinson’s superb writing. She isn’t trying to be clever — although she clearly is that. She isn’t trying to preach – although her work often delivers profound messages about the nature of humanity. In essence, her books sell because they entertain. And Shrines of Gaiety provides that quality entertainment in bucketloads.


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