Ruby Lennox begins narrating her own life at the moment of her conception, and from there takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a girl determined to learn more about her family and the secrets it keeps.
"Remarkable . . . full of the grimness, grit, and grandeur of Yorkshire life . . . One of the funniest books to come out of Britain in years."—Ben Mcintryre, The New York Times Book Review
"Delivers its jokes and tragedies as efficiently as Dickens once delivered his, though Atkinson has a game plan more sophisticated than Dickens’s . . . Will dazzle readers for years to come."—Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books
"Stunning . . . Out-Copperfields David Copperfield . . . A powerhouse of storytelling, a treasure chest bursting with the painful, pitiful, sad, always fascinating details of the most ordinary of lives."—Georgia Jones-Davis, Los Angeles Times
"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
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...