Behind The Scenes At The Museum (Paperback)
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Behind The Scenes At The Museum (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 01/01/1996
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The award-winning debut novel by the bestselling author of Big Sky, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is a sprightly and touching family saga, told through the prism of a young girl’s journey to adulthood. 

Twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Kate Atkinson's brilliant and unforgettable first novel, which won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Prize.

'Delivers its jokes and its tragedies as efficiently as Dickens...outrageously funny...will dazzle readers for years to come' - HILARY MANTEL, author of The Mirror and the Light

Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby...

Ruby tells the story of The Family, from the day at the end of the nineteenth century when a travelling French photographer catches frail beautiful Alice and her children, like flowers in amber, to the startling, witty, and memorable events of Ruby's own life.

'Little short of a masterpiece...Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinson's hilarious novel made me laugh and cry' Daily Mail

'An astounding book...without doubt one of the finest novels I have read for years' THE TIMES

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552996181
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 335 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 127 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Delivers its jokes and its tragedies as efficiently as Dickens...outrageously funny on almost every page...will dazzle readers for years to come. -- Hilary Mantel * London Review of Books *
A debut novel of astonishing confidence and skill...Acutely observant, overflowing with good jokes, it is the work of an author who loves her characters and sets them playing with gleeful energy * Spectator *
An astounding book...without doubt one of the finest novels I have read for years * The Times *
Little short of a masterpiece...Fizzing with wit and energy, Kate Atkinson's hilarious novel made me laugh and cry * Daily Mail *
A blinding debut from a Yorkshire mother-of-two who could be Alan Bennett's baby sister...straight-up simplicity veils the depth, poignancy and poetry of her story * Time Out *
A first novel written so fluently and wittily that I sailed through it as though blown by an exhilarating wind; a first novel with a touch so light I only felt its truth and sadness after I'd finished it. It lifted my spirits enormously. I loved it. -- Margaret Forster
Enchanting. It hops with sprightly omniscence from past to future and back again * The Sunday Times *
A really gripping, emotionally satisfying family saga written with warmth and wit. I've re-read it countless times. * Red *

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“Fanatastic”

family saga with real twist

Paperback edition
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“A truly original read”

I only picked this book up off the shelf because I used to go to school with a girl called Kate Atkinson and was curious to see if it was the same woman. Fortunately for her it wasn't, as I would have felt... More

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“For those who hate prize winners”

I do not like prize winners. The judges & I never seem to agree as to what makes a good book. I only read it because I was told to by the person who told me about Kate Atkinson's 'Case History'... More

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