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3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
"Elizabeth, forty-something, childless, recently separated, just wants to be alone. She's moved into her new house, a converted Victorian mansion, alive with history, character, woodworm and dry rot. But worse than that, she's besieged by invaders of the human kind." "Her best friend, her sister, their mother, the builder and a photographer are all determined to make their ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Nick Hern Books
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Trin
Jun 05, 2007 Trin rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, english-lit
Kate Atkinson is one of my favorite writers, so when I heard that she'd written a play, I decided to track it down. It's nice that it is available, even if it's published with one of the most hideous covers I've ever seen. Look! What the hell is that? It makes the play look like an episode of Dynasty. Which it absolutely is not. Like much of Atkinson's work, the story is about a family of women with complicated pasts and various secrets, and there's a wonderful historical aspect, and a mystery, ...more
Hawkgrrrl
Oct 16, 2009 Hawkgrrrl rated it liked it
This was a fast read. The play is good, but not quite as enjoyable as the other Kate Atkinsons I have read. I wasn't quite as interested in the historical characters as I was in the contemporary storyline. While the plotting was good, it was not as complex as her novels, and therefore less satisfying. The cover is just awful, but that's not the author's fault!
Sophie robertson
Too much going on, too many ideas and the addition of the 1881 part ruins what could be a quite good play with some very well written female characters depicting a very well observed family relationship. Both mother/daughter and sisters.

Susie is grating, Elizabeth is the only character I could warm to. Ina was a really good part, potential for a lot of good dialogue. For acting the scenes in the flat in the present are good for females.

...However the interspersion with the governess and the Rev.
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Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and she has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever since.

She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories,
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