"...a debut novel by Kate Atkinson of astonishing confidence and skill. It is, put simply, the story of an ordinary York family from the turn of the century to the present day: this summary does no justice to its capacious, vivid, almost operatic nature. Acutely observant, overflowing with good jokes, it is the work of an author who loves her characters and sets them playing with a gleeful energy. It will give enormous pleasure to a wide range of readers: it is a coat of many colours, warm enough for the deepest winter."Atkinson, Kate is the author of 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum' with ISBN 9780312150600 and ISBN 0312150601.