Karin Scherer says 'In Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life Ursula lived through the turbulent events of the last century. Atkinson jumped backwards and forwards in time, making the book all the more dazzling. In A God in Ruins the spotlight is on Ursula’s younger brother Teddy – poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and brother – as he makes his progress through the 20th century. One would assume that Teddy’s biggest challenge is his endurance in battle – not so, his greatest challenge is ordinary life. A masterful novel.'