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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409094586
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448
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Human Croquet




The brilliant second novel from the Richard & Judy winner and Whitbread (now Costa) prizewinner

Meet Itch - an accidental, accident-prone hero. Science is his weapon. Elements are his gadgets. This is Alex Rider with Geek-Power!

Itchingham Lofte - known as Itch - is fourteen, and loves science - especially chemistry. He's also an element-hunter: he's decided to collect all the elements in the periodic table. Which has some interesting and rather destructive results in his bedroom . . .

Then, Itch makes a discovery. A new element, never seen before. At first no one believes him - but soon, someone hears about the strange new rock and wants it for himself. And Itch is in serious danger . . .

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409094586
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of the world's foremost novelists. She won the Costa (formerly the Whitbread) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. She has written four previous bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog, which became a BBC television series starring Jason Isaacs. She has since written three critically lauded and prizewinning novels set around World War II: Life After Life, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award), and, most recently, Transcription. Big Sky is her twelfth book.

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Praise for Human Croquet

“'Huge, exhilarating, loving and detailed eruption of a novel...an utterly intoxicating display of novelistic elan...big and joyous, literary and accessible...storytelling at its buoyant best'”

The Scotsman

“Wonderfully eloquent and forceful Kate Atkinson goes at the same pace in her second novel as she did in her first...welcome back, wild north-easter...brilliant and engrossing”

Evening Standard

“'Vivid and intriguing...fizzles and crackles along...a tour de force'”

Independent

“Part ghost story, part murder mystery, this is an exquisitely written, literary novel that reads as compellingly as any thriller”

Cosmopolitan

“A stunner of a second novel...a gutsy book, wrenched from the heart and written with tremendous force, immersing you in its strange, eccentric world”

Marie Claire

“The quirky imagination, subversive humour and instinct for domestic chaos that Atkinson displayed in her first novel...are rampantly evident again”

Publishers Weekly

“'Vivid, richly imaginative, hilarious and frightening by turns'”

Observer


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