Thursday, July 27, 2023

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Welcome to Book Beginnings on Fridays, where participants share the opening sentence (or so) of the books they are reading this week. Please share yours! You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it this week.


“Is it a hanging?” an eager newspaper delivery boy asked to no one in particular.

-- from Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson. 

I'm a huge Kate Atkinson fan. Shrines of Gaiety is her most recent book, a novel about nightclub life in 1920s London. I just started the audiobook today and am already completely sucked in. Atkinson really knows how to spin a yarn.

Shrines is the perfect follow up to Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies that I finished last week. Both are about post-WWI, 1920s, London party life. The characters in Shrines even talk about the "Bright Young Things" in the society pages, which is exactly the framing for Waugh's book. 


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From Shrines of Gaiety:
When younger, Frobisher had imagined many qualities in his future wife, but he had not anticipated hysterical amnesia. Lottie’s story was tragic and complicated — again, something he had not predicted in his future wife.
A police officer with a mentally ill French wife, a librarian willing to go undercover as a nightclub hostess, missing girls, damaged war veterans, a nightclub queen looking to hand over her empire to her six children -- I'm only a quarter of the way through the book and am entranced. 


  1. Sounds like a good one. Happy weekend!

  2. Glad you are enjoying it so much. The teasers certainly caught my attention.

  3. I hope to get to this book before the end of the summer. I, too, am a fan of the author.

  4. I love it when the books you're reading line up in that way, where they inform each other! I do want to read some Atkinson soon, this looks like a great one so I'll add it to my TBR! Thanks for hosting and hope you have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. Sounds like an interesting anthology! Happy weekend!

  6. Sounds like a story that really pulls you in! Glad you're enjoying it!

  7. Wow, those are some deep excerpts! Glad you're enjoying it. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  8. Glad you're enjoying this - I began reading it, but it wasn't for me.

  9. Thanks for introducing this new book to us. It is good to see more new books in your blogs. Keep doing your good work. Expecting more good blogs. Traffic Lawyer Alexandria VA


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