Human Croquet

Human Croquet

by Kate Atkinson
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Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson


A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Part fairy tale, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, this novel tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a girl growing up in Lythe, a typical 1960s British suburb. But Lythe was once the heart of an Elizabethan feudal estate and home to a young English tutor named William Shakespeare, and as Isobel investigates the strange history of her family, her neighbors, and her village, she occasionally gets caught in Shakespearean time warps. Meanwhile, she gets closer to the shocking truths about her missing mother, her war-hero father, and the hidden lives of her close friends and classmates. A stunning feat of imagination and storytelling, Human Croquet is rich with the disappointments and possibilities every family shares.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466840805
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 03/29/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 127,975
File size: 841 KB

About the Author


Kate Atkinson is the author of a short-story collection, Not the End of the World, and five critically acclaimed novels including Case Histories and One Good Turn. She lives in Edinburgh, England.

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Human Croquet 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I have ever read, the story line is excellent, the language spellbinding - you have to savour every word. I was so sorry to finish it, I found trouble finding another book to read afterwards, the characters stay with you and you miss them. I recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly fantastic in all senses of the word. Sixteen year old Isobel is both startlingly precocious and painfully childlike. The narrative repeatedly and unexpectedly warps time and space. It's language is brilliant. I highly recommend it.
LilSimonBean More than 1 year ago
I am an avid book reader and always see a book through to the end but I just couldn't finish this. The storyline was too bogged down by the language the author used. It made it difficult to read and confusing to understand where the story was headed. Typically, I enjoy an author who has an extensive vocabulary but this was far too wordy to be enjoyable.
pigsflyng More than 1 year ago
the language, the plot twists. loved loved loved it
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