Each story in this strangely beautiful collection is set in its own alternative universe, all laced together by tenous links and threads. Each one holds its own suspension of reality, where the gods descend from Olympus, animals become humans and humans become cats, immortality is possible and nothing is quite as it seems. Kate Atkinson draws on everything from classical mythology to popular culture to produce a collection that sings with magic and humanity. Fantastically - terrifyingly - our own deepest hopes and fears are set in a world that allows them to come true.
Kate Atkinson's glorious prose (toned down somewhat from it's Behind the Scenes at the Museum zenith) nevertheless dances on every page, and it is sometimes simply enough to listen to the poetry of her words. Every story reads like a celebration of mystery, magic, human nature, humour, love, life and story-telling. A genuine pleasure to read.