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  • Published: 6 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409082743
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 5 hr 43 min
  • Narrator: Jason Isaacs
  • Pages: 360
  • RRP: $12.99

When Will There Be Good News?

(Jackson Brodie)

Winner of Richard & Judy Best Read 2009 and Sunday Times bestseller: another triumph from the author of Case Histories and One Good Turn

In rural Devon, six-year-old Joanna Mason witnesses an appalling crime.

Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison.

In Edinburgh, sixteen-year-old Reggie works as a nanny for a G.P. But Dr Hunter has gone missing and Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried.

Across town, Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe is also looking for a missing person, unaware that hurtling towards her is an old friend -- Jackson Brodie -- himself on a journey that becomes fatally interrupted.

  • Published: 6 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409082743
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 5 hr 43 min
  • Narrator: Jason Isaacs
  • Pages: 360
  • RRP: $12.99

About the author

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of the world’s foremost novelists. She won the Costa Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her three critically lauded and prizewinning novels set around World War II are Life After Life, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award), and Transcription. She was appointed MBE for services to literature in 2011.

Her bestselling literary crime novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog became a BBC television series starring Jason Isaacs. Jackson Brodie returns in her new novel Big Sky.

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Praise for When Will There Be Good News?

By becoming a crime writer she has - in a way that other "literary" types may wish to note - become a better literary writer than ever: funny, bracingly intelligent and delightfully prickly . . . Kate Atkinson is that rarest of beasts, a genuinely surprising novelist.


In this gripping new thriller by Kate Atkinson we are plunged into the heart of darkness . . . Suspense is tinglingly maintained throughout . . . shot through with wry wit and gritty realism.

Daily Express

Another faultless display by Kate Atkinson . . . Like the other titles in the Jackson Brodie series, this one plays with the tenets of the crime genre without ever sacrificing the essence of wit and nuance which make Atkinson's novels such jubilant reads.

Scotland on Sunday

The good news, of course, is that here is another Jackson Brodie thriller from the brilliant Kate Atkinson. The even better news is that . . . it's the most enthralling to date.


An intricately crafted tale of coincidence and fate, love and longing. From the get-go, Atkinson's pitch-perfect ear for dialogue is apparent . . . As in the best crime fiction, dramatic events and unexpected twists abound, but Atkinson subverts the genre by refusing to neatly tie up every thread. And while there is plenty of blood and bitterness, redemption and resolve are well represented too. Good news all around.


Atkinson's genius is her sure control of plot . . . immaculately - even lovingly - paced, and it is a measure of Atkinson's talent that I read it in one sitting . . . insightful, often funny, life-affirming.

Sunday Telegraph

Heralds the welcome return of Jackson Brodie . . . a brilliantly observed drama on the nature of fate, love and memory.

Marie Claire (Book of the Month)

The opening chapter of Kate Atkinson's latest book is one of the finest pieces of suspense literature you will read this year . . . addictive . . . Atkinson is back at her best.

London Life

An exhilarating read. Her wry humour, sharp eye for the quirks of human behaviour and subtle characterisation are a constant joy...with writing of this quality, there is good news on every page.

Daily Mail

Atkinson's world is full of bizarre accidents and meaningless murders, but she celebrates love, laughter and literature so wholeheartedly that I cheered aloud. She is one of the most eccentric of crime writers, and perhaps the sanest. Everybody should read her.


Full of unsolved mysteries and suspense. It is one of those rare fictions that defies categorisation, creating a milieu that is a recognisable version of the real world but inflected with its author's preoccupations...mordant humour...contains startling moments of truth, and its insights into human nature are simply superb.

Sunday Times

Deliciously underhanded, echo-filled novel...so rewarding...it shows off an imagination so active that When Will There Be Good News? can barely contain it.

New York Times

I cannot praise her novels enough. They are readable,funny gripping, dark, and such a depression descended on me when I finished it...I'm waiting for her to write the next one. I love her main character - retired detective Jackson Brodie...And added to all that you get a couple of murders.

Jo Brand, S Magazine

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