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Abandonment (NHB Modern Plays) Paperback – 24 Aug 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (24 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854596012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854596017
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her latest novel Life After Life was shortlisted for the Women's (formerly Orange) Prize, the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award, and won the 2014 Costa Novel Award. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

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(Abandonment) is clearly the product of Atkinson's own obsessions, and its overflowing abundance suggests a rare spiritual generosity. You feel that Atkinson has many more plays within her...she has arrived at theatrical customs with a huge amount to declare. --Guardian

Witty, intelligent and absorbing... terrific comic dialogue. --Scotsman

Witty, intelligent and absorbing... terrific comic dialogue. --Scotsman

About the Author

Kate Atkinson is one of the UK's most popular novelists. Behind the Scenes at the Museum was the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year. Human Croquet, a number one bestseller, has been translated into 18 languages. Other works include the novels Emotionally Weird (2000), Case Histories (2010) and Started Early, Took My Dog (2011).'Abandonment' is her first play.

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130 of 136 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Yule on 12 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
was about to buy this, love her other books. just before the point of no return I thought, so why haven't I heard of this book? which led me to check it out. would have been most pissed if I had to pay to return it as unwanted once I realised it was a play!
COME ON AMAZON! sort it out and make it clear!
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200 of 210 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2005
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I ordered this in error so had to pay to return it. I don't think Amazon makes it clear that this is a PLAY not a novel. It's probably great - if that's what you want!
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on 8 Oct. 2007
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If you do not know an author's work well, it would be helpful if in the description it could be mentioned that it is a play rather than a novel. It would save a lot of disapointment and returned items.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Susie on 11 July 2006
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I ordered this play with high hopes having heard good things about Atkinson as an author and liking the premise of the play. Personally I felt the dialogue was a little stilted and unreal, the characters didn't seem fully rounded and even the plot seemed a little dul despite the duplication of themes of abandonment between the centuries and interesting comparisons between characters doing similar things in different situations across the century. Wanted so much to like it - just didn't.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
An excellent play that tells two linked stories 22 Sept. 2002
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Abandonment," be Kate Atkinson, is a play that switches back and forth in time to tell two connected stories. The opening pages of the book note that the play was first performed at the Traverse Theater in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2000; also noted is the fact that the author lives in Edinburgh.
The play opens with Elizabeth, a contemporary woman who works as a historian and lives in a converted Victorian mansion. The people in her life include her sister Kitty, a reporter; her widowed mother Ina; her best friend Susie, a lesbian who wants to have a baby with her partner; and Callum, a New Age-y fellow who's doing work on the house. These characters deal with both their current relationships as well as with issues from the past that continue to haunt them. Their story alternates with that of a troubled family that occupied the house in the 19th century.
I really didn't know what to expect when I started reading this play, but by the end I really loved it. It's a full-bodied blend of tragedy and comedy; the two stories are effectively linked. Although the story is at times a bit soap opera-ish, ultimately the play as a whole is quite moving and very satisfying.
Some of the play's themes include romantic love, sex, societal pressure, sisterhood, infidelity, and women's desire for motherhood. The dialogue is strong, and the characters really came to life for me as I read the play. I think this would be a good book both for classes in contemporary drama and women's studies; I also recommend it for independent reading.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
good read; note: it's a play, not a novel. 1 April 2013
By Tara L. Pryde - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't notice this when I bought the book, because I purchased it on a recommendation and didn't read the description fully. It is a PLAY, not a novel. But I did enjoy it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Play! 5 Mar. 2014
By leslie searles - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't realize when I ordered it, that it was a play, but I really enjoyed it, Kate Atkinson is such a clever writer ,I have enjoyed everything written by her.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
exactly what I needed 30 Jan. 2010
By Margaret Arvidson - Published on Amazon.com
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Just a quick note -- not so much a review -- I purchased this because I'd been thinking of auditioning for a local production and wanted to have a copy of the script prior to the auditions. After reading the play, I found it to be a tad predictable, but definitely theater-worthy. I will be auditioning for the show next month. Thanks again for always over-delivering on time, breadth of content and value.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not her best 27 Mar. 2014
By Pat Henson - Published on Amazon.com
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Not worthy of her , too politically correct ,looks like the thought police have taken over , don't waste your time on this one .
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