Kate Atkinson Biography

This Biography consists of approximately 21 pages of information about the life of Kate Atkinson.
This section contains 6,178 words
(approx. 21 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Kate Atkinson Biography

Dictionary of Literary Biography on Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson gained sudden prominence as an important contemporary British novelist when her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1995, overcoming formidable competition that included well-established figures such as Salman Rushdie. Atkinson's arrival caused something of a stir with sensationalist headlines appearing in the press, such as that in The Guardian (24 January 1996) remarking that an unknown writer described as "a 44-year-old chambermaid" had won one of the leading British literary awards.

In fact, Atkinson was neither a chambermaid nor entirely unknown, since she had won her first major literary prize in 1993, when her characteristically quirkily titled short story, "Karmic Mothers--Fact or Fiction"" won the prestigious Ian St James Award for short fiction. Five years before that she had won a short-story competition in Woman's Own, a national British women's magazine, with "In China." The critical reception of...

(read more)

This section contains 6,178 words
(approx. 21 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Kate Atkinson Biography
Copyrights
Gale
Kate Atkinson from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.