Emotionally Weird

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On a peat and heather island off the west coast of Scotland, Effie and her mother Nora take refuge in the large mouldering house of their ancestors and tell each other stories.Nora, at first, recounts nothing that Effie really wants to hear, like who her father was – variously Jimmy, Jack, or Ernie.

Effie tells of her life at college in Dundee, the land of cakes and William Wallace, where she lives in a lethargic relationship with Bob, a student who never goes to lectures, seldom gets out of bed, and to whom the Klingons are as real as the French and the Germans (more real than the Luxemburgers).But strange things are happening. Why is Effie being followed?Is someone killing the old people? And where is the mysterious yellow dog?

Critics Review

  • The lustre, energy and panache of her writing are as striking as ever…Funny, bold and memorable

    The Times
  • Beautifully written…brimming with quirky characters and original storytelling. Kate Atkinson has struck gold with this unique offering

    Time Out
  • A truly comic novel – achingly funny in parts – challenging and executed with wit and mischief…an hilarious and magical trip

    Daily Express
  • Sends jolts of pleasure off the page…Atkinson’s funniest foray yet…it is a work of Dickensian or even Shakespearean plenty

    The Scotsman
  • A truly comic novel – achingly funny in parts – challenging and executed with wit and mischief…an hilarious and magical trip

    The Express

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