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Kate Atkinson, One Good Turn

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Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 12:08 pm

Kate Atkinson, One Good Turn

The long-awaited return of Jackson Brodie, cop turned P.I. and my latest literary crush, and I was ever so anxious about it, because Case Histories was so fantastic that it would have been awful if this was, well, awful. The start was a bit of a worry - the author is clearly as smitten with her hero as the readership is - and while I was enjoying it hugely it did feel a bit self-indulgent. And then all of a sudden - wallop. A single line of dialogue that pulled the whole thing up another level, and from then on I thought it was terrific. It did all the stuff about east European immigration that A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was trying to do, only with the complete opposite of the nasty, Daily Mail-ishness that Short History had. And there's going to be a third one, with Jackson in Paris. Am so happy.

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Katlinel the Darkeyed

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from: katlinel
date: Feb. 3rd, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
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In her talk at the book festival, Kate Atkinson said it started off as another book entirely, and ended up divided into two books.

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altarielbooklog

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from: altarielbooklog
date: Feb. 3rd, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Oooh! I wonder if that's the start of the Paris one. Reading interviews with her, it did sound like the third book was well underway, conceptually at least.

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Katlinel the Darkeyed

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from: katlinel
date: Feb. 4th, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
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Checking my somewhat incomprehensible notes, it seems she said her next book wasn't a Jackson Brodie one, but whether that refers to the book after the split book, or whether she changed her mind about what she was writing, I don't know.

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Altariel

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from: altariel
date: Feb. 4th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
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I'll happily take another book from her in between One Good Turn and Jackson-in-Paris. She picks some of my favourite places to set her books in. Really, I want one in Boston (Mass., not Lincs.).

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