From the moment Ruby Lennox announces her own conception ("I exist!"), it is clear that she is a narrator who will leave no stone unturned in her account of family life above a pet shop in England. Not content simply to describe her own circumstances, Ruby investigates the lives of the women... read more
“This is my Lost Property Cupboard theory of the afterlife - when we die we are taken to a great Lost Property Cupboard where all the things we have ever lost have been kept for us - every hairgrip, every button and pencil, every tooth, every earring and key, every pin (think how many there must be!) All the library books, all the cats that never came back, all the coins, all the watches (which will still be keeping time for us). And perhaps, too, the other less tangible things - tempers and patience (perhaps Patricia's virginity will be there), religion (Kathleen has lost hers), meaning, innocence (mine) and oceans of time - Mr Belling and Bunty will find a lot of time in their cupboard. Mr Belling is always sitting at the wheel of the Rover, parked in the driveway, looking at his watch and fuming, 'Do you know how much time we've lost waiting for you, Ruby?'”Ruby Lennox
“I close my eyes. Why weren't we designed so that we can close our ears as well? (Perhaps because we would never open them.)”Ruby Lennox
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