The Ash Museum


Author: Rebecca Smith

9781789559019 | PB | pp. 368 | 2021 | Legend Press

The Ash Museum, spanning ten decades and three generations, is an intergenerational story of loss, migration and the search for somewhere to feel at home.

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In 1944, James Ash dies leaving behind his ‘wife’ Josmi and two children, Jay and Molly, who are taken to be raised by his parents and sister in England who know nothing about his Indian family.

Jay’s daughter Emmie is used to feeling the odd one out as she is targeted with racism throughout her childhood in the 1970s, while her father doesn’t even have a photograph of the mother he lost and still refuses to discuss his life in India.

Later, now with a daughter of her own who is also curious about her past, Emmie finds comfort instead in the local museum – a treasure trove of another family’s stories and artefacts. However, as she helps clear the house of her Aunt, she starts to find clues to finally reveal the truth from across the generations in her own family.

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Rebecca Smith




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About the Authors

The author was born in London and grew up in rural Surrey. From 2009-2010 she was the writer in residence at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire. The Ash Museum was inspired by her time there and by being left hundreds of old family photographs and letters.


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