A deeply moving family story of happiness and heartbreak, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is bestselling author Kate Atkinson's award-winning literary debut.
Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year
Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets. Kate Atkinson's first novel is "a multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years" (The New York Times Book Review).
Whitbread Book Award - Winner
Introduction to the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of Behind the Scenes at the Museum
First, The Title. I Had A Dream In The Early Stages Of Writing The book—long before any publisher or agent was interested and when it was...
Praise for Behind the Scenes at the Museum
“Remarkable . . . A multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years.” —Ben Mcintryre, The New York Times Book Review
“Scoundrels, malcontents, misfits, and cheats. Every family has them, though seldom are they handled with the winsome wit and wisecrackery that make Behind the Scenes at the Museum such a smart and funny read.” —The Washington Times
“Startlingly original . . . A poignant and beautifully wrought portrait of a young girl's growth.” —Johanna Stoberock, The Seattle Times
“Really comic, really tragic, bracingly unsentimental . . . What a triumph! What joy!” —The Boston Sunday Globe
“An effervescent, affecting delight.” —Rebecca Radner, The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle