I'm feeling quite guilty about this one because Fitzgerald's reputation is so high and so many bloggers have loved her books... and I didn't love this one.
It is a satirical novel about the museums and museum personnel, but I found the satire more on the bitter, biting side than I like.
Here is a bit from Amazon reviewer Kerry Fried:
I completely agree with the phrase "authorities are clowns and clowns authorities" portion because Fitzgerald employs this technique of reversal. Unfortunately, nothing much about the characters or plot engaged me as I'd hoped..Penelope Fitzgerald's first novel is packed with institutional follies and fiercely territorial old trouts. Set in a London museum whose officers only appear august, The Golden Child literally proves that authorities are clowns and clowns authorities.
Fiction. Mystery/Satire. 1999. 188 pages.