One of the virtues of Kate Atkinson’s award-winning first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was the level of specific detail about the 1960s. Atkinson was able to include details such as the fact that schoolgirls back then wore a particular kind of blouse for games, one covered with pin-prick air-vents that was manufactured by a company called Aertex. It so happens that Atkinson’s impressive range of historical data was thanks to the journals she had kept while growing up.
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