Kate Atkinson (born 20 December 1951) is an English writer of novels, plays and short stories. She is known for creating the Jackson Brodie series of detective novels, which has been adapted into the BBC One series "Case Histories". She won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize in 1995 in the Novels category for "Behind the Scenes at the Museum", winning again in 2013 and 2015 under its new name the Costa Book Awards.

"Behind the Scenes at the Museum" is the first novel by Kate Atkinson. The book covers the experiences of Ruby Lennox, a girl from a working-class English family living in York. The museum of the title is York Castle Museum, which includes among its exhibits the façades of old houses from the city, similar to the one in which Ruby's family lives.

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