The Hound in the Left-hand Corner

The Hound in the Left-hand Corner

A Novel

Book - 2004
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In this brilliantly witty satire -- a bestseller in the UK -- a prestigious British museum launches an ambitious new exhibit...which quickly becomes a seasonal nightmare.
Think that a day in the life of a London museum director is cold, quiet, and austere? Think again. Giles Waterfield brings a combination of intellectual comedy and knockabout farce to the subject in this story of one long day in a museum full of scandals, screw-upsŠand more than a few scalawags.
At the beginning of The Hound in the Left-hand Corner, Auberon, the brilliant but troubled director of the Museum of British History, is preparing one midsummer's day for the opening of the most spectacular exhibition his museum has ever staged. The centerpiece is a painting of the intriguing Lady St. John strikingly attired as Puck, which hasn't been shown in London in a hundred years. As the day passes, the portrait arouses disquieting questions, jealousies, rivalries -- and more than a few strange affections -- in the minds of the museum staff. As guests and employees pour in, the tension rises -- and Auberon himself has the hilariously ridiculous task of keeping the peace, without losing his own sense of reality as well.
For everyone who loves the farce of David Lodge and Michael Frayn, or even the Antiques Roadshow, the fast-paced, hilarious satire of The Hound in the Left-hand Corner is sure to delight and entertain.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2004.
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780743475532
0743475534
Branch Call Number: Fic Wate
Characteristics: xi, 270 p. ; 21 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

People working in any office or public institution will relate to this scathing and entertaining story of the machinations of the staff and board of a large museum in London - not unlike office politics in any setting. This fictional Museum of British History (trendily rebranded as BRIT) is staging a spectacular exhibition - but what will prevail when "scholarship wilts and Mammon rules"? A delightful plot with just enough surprises and a full cast of egotists, strivers, good eggs and the resigned.

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