What is the real world? Does it exist, or is it merely a means of keeping another reality at bay?
Not the End of the World is Kate Atkinson's first collection of short stories.
Playful and profound, they explore the world we think we know whilst offering a vision of another world which lurks just beneath the surface of our consciousness, a world where the myths we have banished from our lives are startlingly present and where imagination has the power to transform reality.
From Charlene and Trudi, obsessively making lists while bombs explode softly in the streets outside, to gormless Eddie, maniacal cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who may just have discovered the secret to eternal life, each of these stories shows that when the worlds of material existence and imagination collide, anything is possible.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/07/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552771054
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Review by riverwillow
A fantastic collection of subtly interconnected stories. Atkinson superbly blends the seemingly real with the seeingly unreal and interweaves mythology and pop culture in each story - wonderful and a 'must read' for any fan of her novels.
Review by isabelx
Review by jbrubacher
Short stories based in London and Edinburgh, about human beings and their worries and wonders, a few mothers, a Goddess or two and a ghost, with recurring themes: cats, Buffy the vampire slayer, and it being the end of the world (or not.) These stories are strange and entertaining.