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Wine & Book Group Pick for November '06

abstract:When Stephen King rated Kate Atkinson's new novel, One Good Turn (Little, Brown and Company, Oct 2006) "the best mystery of the decade," I just had to bite. What a perfect book for stormy, rainy November and for our Wine & Book Group.  Kate is best known for her Whitbread award-winning novel Behind the Museum. One Good Turn is a sequel which takes now ex-private eye Jackson Brodie, also wealthy, retired and bored, mooching around Edinburgh festivals.  Buy the book, join the group, and see what our partners at Women & Wine have in store for you to taste along with this delicious mystery.


November 06, 2006

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  • About the Author

    Kate Atkinson was born in York in 1951 and studied English Literature at Dundee University. After graduating in 1974, she researched a postgraduate doctorate on American Literature. She later taught at Dundee and began writing short stories in 1981. She began writing for women's magazines after winning the 1986 Woman's Own Short Story Competition. She was runner-up for the Bridport Short Story Prize  in 1990 and won an Ian St James Award in 1993 for her short story "Karmic Mothers," which she later adapted for BBC2 television as part of its 'Tartan Shorts' series.

    Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995), won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year award, beating Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh and Roy Jenkins' biography Gladstone.

    Her second novel, Human Croquet, was published in 1997 and relates the story of another family, the Fairfaxes, through flashback and historical narrative.

    She has written two plays for the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh: a short play, Nice (1996), and Abandonment, which premiered as part of the Edinburgh Festival in August 2000. She currently lives in Edinburgh and is an occasional contributor to newspapers and magazines. Her third novel, Emotionally Weird, was published in 2000. In 2002 her collection of short stories, Not the End of the World (2002), was published. Her latest books are Case Histories (2004), and One Good Turn (2006). —ContemporyWriters

    About The Book

    It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queueing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident –- an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander –- until he becomes a suspect.

    With Case Histories, Kate Atkinson showed how brilliantly she could explore the crime genre and make it her own. In One Good Turn she takes her masterful plotting one step further. Like a set of Russian dolls, each thread of the narrative reveals itself to be related to the last. Her Dickensian cast of characters are all looking for love or money and find it in surprising places. As ever with Atkinson, what each one actually discovers is their true self.

    Unputdownable and triumphant, One Good Turn is a sharply intelligent read that is also percipient, funny, and totally satisfying. —

    Wines to Taste

    Please visit our partners at Women & Wine for their discerning and intelligent wines to match this book. W&W is run by a group of all-women vintners, culinary experts and sommeliers who endeavor to find just the right wine -- at three different price points to go with our monthly book selection. I'm thinking... Edinburgh, spicy, and something to go with that tartan you just bought from Burberry's or was it Alexander McQueen?

    Why not check out the Edinburgh Wine Festival and Book Festivals while we're at it?

    Previous Wine & Book Group Picks

    • September Lost in the Forest set in Napa Valley
    • August The Hummingbird's Daughter set in Mexico
    • July The Devil Wears Prada set in NYC
    • June Woolf in Ceylon set in Ceylon
    • May Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living Australia
    • April The Mermaid Chair set in South Carolina
    • March Memoirs of a Geisha set in Japan
    • February Get a Life set in South Africa
    • January The Shadow of the Windset in Barcelona
    • December Pride and Prejudice set in England
    • November Beyond Measure set in Renaissance Italy
    • October Breakfast at Tiffany's set in New York



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