Title: Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Authors: Atkinson, Kate
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 382
Year: 1995
Language: English
Description: Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in Doncaster, telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. A witty, startling account of Ruby's family, and the memorable events of her own life.

Comments from Groups:

Great read. A bittersweet description of English family life. Fernside 001

Intensely written, witty, sad. 50 per cent of group enjoyed reading it and the rest lost interest. Very varied reactions. Auckland 234

Mixed reaction. Most people enjoyed the book but found the 'footnote' scenario made it more difficult to keep track of the characters. Ashburton 003

General consensus was that her later books are more enjoyable but this first book sets her style of writing and she is an accomplished storyteller. Welllington 153

Was a very successful read. All could identify with the historical aspects of the book and felt keen to read more of Atkinson's works. Alexandra 004

All enjoyed the book. Dark humour helped with all the sad parts of the story. Huntly 001

Many of the group identified with things in the 50s section of the book. We did not like the 'footnotes'. Felt that the author was being a bit clever going backward and forward in time. Had a few laughs though. Palmerston North 013

Categories: Fiction, Award Winner, Community, Humour, Relationships, England, Blind Foundation book


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