'Dark, twisted, and gloriously rich, and I loved every word'
'Full of hidden chambers, and some of them are haunted . . . part thriller, part love story, wholly beguiling. I was glued to every page'
'Lucy Atkins excels at creating highly intelligent, slightly eccentric outsiders. I was completely immersed . . . and preoccupied, and appalled, by such credible characters. I loved it!'
'So clever and different. I raced through for the reveal but also the spookiness, the characters and the wonderful love story'
'A brilliant feat - a creepy, chilling, page-turning tale that also made me laugh out loud. I can think of no other writer who pulls that off'
'Intricate, intelligent, and immensely satisfying, and with a deliciously spooky edge. It really is first-class Oxford intrigue'
'That rare thing: a thriller that warms your heart even as it chills your spine. I adored it on so many levels - the page-turning tension, the emotional depth of the central relationship. Simply brilliant!'
'The most sublime book I've read since Apple Tree Yard . . . masterful writing from an experienced hand. I'll be gushing about this for a while'
'The most deliciously unreliable narrator, dysfunctional relationships, spooky goings-on, and a missing child - all set against the rarefied world of Oxford academia. So clever and compelling'
Clever and creepy, twisty yet tender: Magpie Lane will have you hearing footsteps overhead in an empty house. I loved it
Beguiling, brilliantly creepy, and an utterly compelling read. Lucy Atkins has created such a complex character in Dee: I rooted for her, and yet was suspicious of her; swept along by her love story, but worried for her. A wonderful story
Spellbindingly brilliant. I was engrossed from start to finish, and fell in love with the wonderful cast. Lucy Atkins is an extraordinary writer, who draws us into her world and keeps us there; I shall be thinking about this story for a long time. A contender for my Book of the Year
Magpie Lane is stunning, with an unforgettable narrative voice, brilliant evocation of the setting and a chilling, totally gripping story. It is everything I love in a novel and utterly compelling - you will not want to put it down
Immersive, unsettling and hugely addictive. I loved all the Oxford detail. Superb
I fell hard for the beautiful writing and ghostly mood of Magpie Lane. Dee, a riveting Russian doll of a character, had me in her thrall from start to finish. Highly recommended
The investigation at the heart of Lucy Atkins's clever thriller is 'what makes a family unhappy?' The suspense builds inexorably until Magpie Lane has you by your throat
As nuanced a study of loneliness and longing as you could hope to meet in contemporary fiction
I couldn't have loved this book more. Creepy, dark, compelling so clever. Every time you scratch off one layer to get to the truth, there is another one underneath. Lucy Atkins is a quiet genius
Wow. I put my life on hold whilst I read this novel. An eerie and compelling story, beautifully crafted and darkly atmospheric with characters who infiltrate your every thought. I couldn't put it down and I'm buying it for everyone I know
Lucy Atkins at Blackwell's Oxford
21st Apr 2020 6:45 pm
Lucy Atkins, author of Magpie Lane, will be at Blackwell's Oxford for their Short Stories Aloud event.
Lucy Atkins at Chipping Norton Literary Festival
The Methodist Church
25th Apr 2020 2:00 pm
MS BEHAVIOUR panel Be nice, smile more, make room! Society expects women to behave in very prescribed ways but what happens to an unmotherly mother, an enslaved yet powerful young woman, a community of women without men? Join Lucy Atkins (Magpie Lane), Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton), Merilyn Davies (When I Lost You)…
Lucy Atkins Writer's Workshop at Chipping Norton Literary Festival
St Mary's Parish Rooms
26th Apr 2020 3:00 pm
WRITERS' WORKSHOP: GETTING PUBLISHED This hands-on workshop will tell you everything you need to know about getting published, from how to know when your book is ready to submit, to practical tips on approaching a literary agent, and a rough guide to the publishing world. Former publisher Fanny Blake and Sunday Times books critic Lucy…