Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Book: Behind the Colonnade

Love Reading (Jason Taylors)

Behind the Colonnade - Thirty Seven Years at the British Museum
Norman Jacobs
The History Press Ltd.

A "fascinating and insightful" expose of the British Museum hits the shelves in November.

Behind the Colonnade lifts the lid on London's oldest historical institution, and reveals the building's "secrets, charms and colourful past".

The 216-page autobiography chronicles events of the last four decades, as witnessed by one of its longest-serving - and most trusted - employees.

Author Norman Jacobs spent 37 years at the museum where he "watched, listened and recorded" life in its corridors.

The father-of-two, 63, compiled his "notes and memories" and decided to pen Behind the Colonnade following his retirement in 2004 aged 57.

Pre-publication copies have secured praise from critics and readers alike. It is now set to become a genre bestseller when it hits the bookshops on November 1.

Speaking yesterday from his home in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, Norman - an established history author with 25 titles to his name - said his latest offering was among his "personal favourites".

He said: ''I spent 37 years at the British Museum, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second.

''That said, there were times when I wished I was anywhere but at work! Thus Behind the Colonnade contains a number of anecdotes about my time at the museum, and has been written to shed some light on an institution some people may consider 'secretive' or, at the least, publicity-shy.''

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