Meet Me at the Museum
Mr B's review
This is the kind of book that will invite you into its pages so thoroughly and gently that when you’re finished, you’ll have to adjust back to being in the real world. This is a book that bares the very hearts of it’s two narrators, Tina and Anders. Through their letters to each other, we follow their lives as they face up to the realities of love, family, time, grief and death. A straightforward read, yes. Brutal, heartfelt and beautiful? Undeniably. This book didn’t touch my heart – it took the experience of two people whose world views I would never otherwise understand, and cut them across my ribcage.
**As read on BBC Radio Four**
Uplifting, joyous, hopeful – a novel about late love and second chances, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and winner of the Paul Torday Memorial Prize
‘A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again’ RACHEL JOYCE, author of Miss Benson’s Beetle
‘Full of grace and humanity’ Sunday Times
This story begins with a letter
From a housewife
to the gentle curator
Of an extraordinary museum
Where lies peacefully
An ancient exhibit
That holds the key
Meet Me at the Museum tells of a connection made across oceans and against all the odds. Through intimate stories of joy, despair, and discovery, two people are drawn inexorably towards each other, until a shattering revelation pushes their friendship to the very edge.
This deeply affecting debut novel by seventy-three year-old Anne Youngson won the Paul Torday Memorial Prize and was dramatized on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour
‘Tender, wise and moving, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to cherish.’ JOHN BOYNE
‘Insightful, emotionally acute and absorbing’ DAILY EXPRESS
‘Beautiful and affecting’ NINA STIBBE
What readers are saying:
‘I loved this book. It was so different from anything else I have read’*****
‘I just loved this book and read it in one sitting. There were times when I felt like underlining the sentences that resonated with me’*****
‘I read this book one letter at a time, just to let the contents sink in. Tears came to my eyes’*****
A beautiful, lyrical love story, played out with words and paper. * My Weekly * Few books ever have that much impact on me and I feel this is something that everyone needs to experience. * Book Lover Worm * I loved the setting and the characters were great, it was a pleasure to read. * Donna’s Book Blog * When the book finished, I felt an immense sadness that I had to say goodbye to these two people. * My Reading Corner * This book touched me to the heart – quite beautiful and exceptionally moving, and one of the very best books I’ve read this year. * Being Anne * It was beautifully crafted and once I had the book open I didn’t close it until I had read the last page. * Books And Me * There is a sensitivity and warmth throughout that I found utterly charming. * Reflections of a Reader * Tina and Anders will capture your heart and you will root for them all the way. A very accomplished debut by Anne Youngson. * Novel Deelights * I love books like this, that you can immerse yourself in and enjoy as a treat – books that just hold you in their spell. * On The Shelf Book Blog * I thought the author wrote the content of the letters absolutely beautifully, making the characters jump off the page. * The Writing Garnet * Absolutely beautiful, about loss and the life choices we make — Liz Hoggard * Daily Mail * Full of funny, wise perceptions. The author is 70. This lovely novel is her debut. When’s the next? * Saga Magazine * An insightful and emotional debut … tenderly hints at second chances and rejuvenation * Sunday Express * Full of emotion, wisdom and honesty, the story envelops the reader in a celebration of true friendship and an appreciation of the opportunities that life can unexpectedly present. This book makes you realise that life is too short and that the future can be more hopeful than we anticipate.
If you only read one book this year, read this. Highly recommended * Mature Times * Intriguing, tender, unexpectedly moving * Woman and Home * A correspondence that begins with a search for clarity becomes something much deeper and richer – both for the two main characters, and for the reader.
Anne Youngson peels away the layers that prevent us from living the lives we ought to be leading, and her book is both tender and absorbing. * LISSA EVANS, author of Their Finest Hour and a Half * Intriguing and compelling, Meet Me at the Museum invites you into the meeting place between two people, imparting wisdom, thought, and endless charm. * JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir * Precise, clear, funny, poignant and truthful. This is a work of art, dear readers.
Revel in its beauty * ADRIANI TRIGIANI * A beautiful, affecting novel of late love, by an extraordinary new writer * NINA STIBBE * Warm-hearted, clear-minded, and unexpectedly spellbinding, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to savour * ANNIE BARROWS, co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society * A quirky, wise and tender novel. Proof that the richest fruits come on the edge of autumn * SARAH DUNANT * I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that makes you think and wonder and quietly hope. Loved it. * Tammy Cohen * Quietly intriguing, beautifully observed, full of powerful emotions * RUTH HOGAN, Author of The Keeper of Lost Things * The loveliest short novel of late love you’ll ever read. Whenever I talk about it, I simply cry with joy * JAMES HAWES * A thoughtful and gentle meditation on buried passions, regrets, love, grief and loneliness . . . Youngson’s debut offers hope for change in its tender exploration of what it means to have experienced a life well-lived. * Guardian * Full of grace and humanity * Sunday Times * ‘Tender, wise and moving, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to cherish.’ * JOHN BOYNE * A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again. * RACHEL JOYCE * Insightful, emotionally acute and absorbing * Daily Express Literary highlights 2018 * Exquisite. Its characters somehow resist following their story and reverse themselves into a new one. A beautiful lasting read. * JAMES HANNAH, author of THE A TO Z OF YOU AND ME *
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