Not the End of the World, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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.




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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.

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'And', Trudi said, 'I would like to ride on a horse-drawn sleigh through forests in the snow with dogs - Borzois - running alongside and I want to be wearing silks and velvets and a cloak lined with the fur of Arctic foxes and bears and wolfkins-' 'You mean wolf skins?' 'No, wolfkins - they're very rare - but only ones that have died of natural causes, not ones that have been killed for their fur.' 'Of course not.'I was taken by this book from the very first story "Charlene and Trudi go Shopping", in which two young women try to keep up some semblance of normal life in a war-torn city, and take refuge in sharing their fantasies as they shop, drink gin slings and dodge snipers' bullets.In these stories, the world of the old Gods is very close to the surface and the characters aren't always surprised when it breaks through. What I especially liked was the way that the links between the stories were very subtle at first, becoming more noticeable in later stories.
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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.