Description Costa Book Award: Fiction winner 2015 (awarded in 2016). 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.Those who loved the bestselling Life After Life will recognise Teddy as Ursula Todds adored younger brother but for those who have not read it, A God in Ruins stands fully on its own. Few will dispute that it proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the most exceptional novelists of our age.
A God in Ruins - Customer Choice by Heidi Brebels Ever since reading Life After Life (in 2014), I've been looking forward to reading this book. Life After Life is about Ursula and A God In Ruins is about her younger brother Teddy. "A man is a God in Ruins." Teddy was a bomber pilot during WWII and he lives to grow old. Some books aren't just about the story that is told, but how it is told. This book had an immense grip on me, even long after I finished it.