Kate Atkinson signing books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
|Alma mater||University of Dundee|
Kate Atkinson MBE (born 1951) is an English author.
She was born in York, and studied English Literature at the University of Dundee, gaining her Masters Degree in 1974. She subsequently studied for a doctorate in American Literature. She has often spoken publicly about the fact that she failed at the viva (oral examination) stage. After leaving university, she took on a variety of jobs from home help to legal secretary and teacher. She lived in Whitby, North Yorkshire, for a time, but now lives in Edinburgh.
Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year ahead of Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh and Roy Jenkins's biography of William Ewart Gladstone. It went on to be a Sunday Times bestseller. Since then, she has published another five novels, one play, and one collection of short stories. Her work is often celebrated[by whom?] for its wit, wisdom and subtle characterisation, and the surprising twists and plot turns. Her most recent work has featured the popular former detective Jackson Brodie. She has frequently criticised the media's coverage of her work - when she won Whitbread, for example, it was the fact that she was a "single mother" who lived outside London that garnered the most attention.
In March 2010, Atkinson appeared at the York Literature Festival, giving a world-premier reading from an early chapter from her novel Started Early, Took My Dog, which is set mainly in the English city of Leeds.
Published works 
- Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995) Winner of the 1995 Whitbread Prize
- Human Croquet (1997)
- Emotionally Weird (2000)
- Featuring Jackson Brodie (former police inspector, now private investigator):
- Life After Life (2013)
- God in Ruins (TBC)
- Abandonment (2000)
Story collections 
- Not the End of the World (2002)
Television adaptations 
- 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year: Behind the Scenes at the Museum
- 2009 Crime Thriller Award for The CWA Gold Dagger: When Will There Be Good News? (nominated)
- 2009 British Book Awards, "Richard and Judy Bookclub Winner": When Will There Be Good News?
- Official website
- One Good Turn Reviews at Metacritic
- Kate Atkinson talking about One Good Turn at MeetTheAuthor.co.uk
- John Mullan talks to Kate Atkinson about Behind the Scenes at The Museum for The Guardian Book Club podcast.
- Kate Atkinson at British Council: Literature
- Kate Atkinson at the Internet Book List