By Kate Atkin­son ( Dou­ble­day)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS -

I PICKED it up and read on the back that “what if you had the chance to live your life again and again, un­til you fi­nally got it right?”

Oh no, I thought, Ground­hog Day on a grander scale. How very wrong I was.

Ur­sula Todd is born in 1910. The first time she dies, the se­cond time she is saved by chance and cir­cum­stance; those chances and cir­cum­stances fol­low her through all man­ner of lives, and you get to dis­cover them all.

It’s hard to ex­plain, it’s not a par­al­lel set of worlds, Ur­sula is the same per­son, as is her fam­ily around her, but tiny things, small decisions, have big ram­i­fi­ca­tions, and what fol­lows is the story in all its de­tail un­til it runs its course and you pick up again where those paths di­verged.

Life Af­ter Life may be com­pli­cated to the ca­sual reader, there’s so much to it but ev­ery time the chapter starts again you’re drawn in to the story anew.

It is clever and while it may not be for ev­ery­one, if you have a fine sense of the cu­ri­ous, I think you’ll en­joy it.

Get your dis­counted copy of Life Af­ter Life with the coupon be­low.

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