A God in Ruins
By Kate Atkinson
A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.
This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war – that great fall of Man from grace – and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it, but on the lives of the subsequent generations. It is also about the infinite magic of fiction. Few will dispute that it proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the most exceptional novelists of our age.Tweet
Telling the story of Bomber Command pilot Teddy Todd - a companion read to Atkinson's previous novel 'Life after Life'. Brilliantly written, a tale of sacrifice for others and settling for a life that perhaps you wouldn't have chosen. Read as part of Gloucester book club, and highly rated by us. It gives real insight into what it was like to be part of an air crew in WWII, and what happens afterwards. There's a twist at the end too!