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A God in Ruins

In this novel, Kate Atkinson explores the loss of innocence, the fraught transition from war to peace and the pain of being misunderstood.

Kate Atkinson

In Life After Life, Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy — would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father — as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. (From Anchor Canada)

A God in Ruins won the Costa Novel Award in 2016.

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From the book

"See!" he said. "There — a lark. A skylark." He glanced up at her and saw that she was looking in the wrong place. "No, over there," he said, pointing. She was completely hopeless.

"Oh," she said at last. "There, I see it! How queer — what's it doing?"

"Hovering, and then it'll go up again probably." The skylark soared on its transcendental thread of song. The quivering flight of the bird and the beauty of its music triggered an unexpectedly deep emotion in him. "Can you hear it?"


From A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson ©2015. Published by Anchor Canada.

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