NOT THE END OF THE WORLD consists of twelve linked stories which form a thematic whole. This is Kate Atkinson's first collection of stories, and they are brilliant, daring, witty and provocative. These stories are full of the poignancy of abandoned children and lonely adults, the seductiveness of our consumer society, and the fatalism of a post-Apocalyptic world. From Charlene and Trudi, madly shopping while bombs explode softly in the world outside, to gormless Eddie, a cataloguer of fish, and Meredith Zane who discovered the secret to eternal life, each story contains a cast of startling and wonderfully described characters. What each of them explores is the infinite variety of ways in which people can try to change the world around them, and themselves.
Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. She has won several prizes for her short stories. Her first novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was then chosen as the overall 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year, is published by Black Swan, as are her critically acclaimed second and third novels, Human Croquet and Emotionally Weird.