This novel starts with the birth and death on the same night of Ursula Todd in the snowy English winter of 1910. However, in the next chapter Ursula is born under slightly different circumstances and lives. Atkinson begins and ends Ursula’s story many times. It reminded me of the “Choose your own adventure” children’s books of a generation ago. I found the chapters on life in London during the Blitz bombing of the Second World War quite compelling. Atkinson shows how a life can turn on a trivial decision, to accompany a friend home or leave her to walk alone on a lonely country lane or whether or not to rescue a frightened dog in the midst of a bombing raid. Definitely worth reading.
Rating: * * * * Very, very good
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