Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year
Kate Atkinson's dazzling debut novel is a deeply moving story of family heartbreak and happiness.
Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets.
From the moment Ruby Lennox announces her own conception with the shout, "I exist!"an event she attributes to the five pints of bitter her father drankit is clear she won't leave anything out of the account of her Yorkshire family. She describes her great-grandmother's affair with a French photographer, her mother's dashed dreams of Hollywood glamor and her sister's unsuccessful attempt to upstage the queen of England. A first novel.
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