Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

By Kate Atkinson

Nationwide Bestseller Winner of the Whitbread ebook of the Year Kate Atkinson's amazing debut novel is a deeply relocating tale of relations heartbreak and happiness. Ruby Lennox starts narrating her existence in the meanwhile of belief, and from there takes us on a whirlwind travel of the 20 th century as visible in the course of the eyes of an English lady made up our minds to benefit approximately her kin and its secrets and techniques.

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The cooking! The cleaning! The work! I wish she would stop this and start daydreaming again but on and on she goes – And as for babies, well . . the broken nights, the power struggles . . the labour pains! She addresses the front right burner of the cooker directly, her head wobbling from side to side, rather like the Parrot in the Shop beyond. At least that’s all over with . . ) The kettle whistles and she pours the boiling water into a little brown teapot and leans idly against the cooker while she waits for it to brew, a small frown puckering her face as she tries to remember why on earth she married George in the first place.

And why do I have this strange feeling, as if my shadow’s stitched to my back, almost as if there’s someone else in here with me? Am I being haunted by my own embryonic ghost? ’ (Bunt? ) And then he’s gone. Just like that! Bunty fumes to herself – He might at least ask. ’ And of course I would mind, very much. But I’d still have to do it, wouldn’t I? ‘Mind’ – why was it called ‘minding’? Bunty doesn’t like the promiscuity of behind-the-counter contact. She feels that she’s not really selling dog food and kittens and the occasional budgerigar, but that she’s selling herself.

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition, including this condition, being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. uk The Random House Group Ltd Reg. No. 954009 What the critics wrote about Behind the Scenes at the Museum ‘A début novel of astonishing confidence and skill .

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