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A deep and luminous novel of self-discovery and second chances - a heartbreaking celebration of love, life and the surprises it throws at us.

The Observer Promising first-time British novelists 2018: 'A novel about self-discovery and second chances'

'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

'Quietly intriguing, beautifully observed, full of powerful emotions' RUTH HOGAN, Author of The Keeper of Lost Things

‘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

'I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that makes you think and wonder and quietly hope. I loved it' TAMMY COHEN

'Insightful, emotionally acute and absorbing' Daily Express

'The loveliest short novel of late love you'll ever read. Whenever I talk about it, I simply cry with joy' JAMES HAWES


'Meet Me at the Museum starts so quiet and small like a bud tightly closed against the winter then it unfurls into something so alive and truly beautiful. I was immensely moved by it' TOR UDALL, author of A Thousand Paper Birds


Sometimes it takes a stranger to really know who you are


When Tina Hopgood writes a letter of regret to a man she has never met, she doesn’t expect a reply.

When Anders Larsen, a lonely museum curator, answers it, nor does he.

They’re both searching for something, they just don’t know it yet.

Anders has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. Tina is trapped in a marriage she doesn’t remember choosing.

Slowly their correspondence blossoms as they bare their souls to each other with stories of joy, anguish and discovery. But then Tina’s letters suddenly cease, and Anders is thrown into despair.

Can their unexpected friendship survive?

Reviews

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

Insightful, emotionally acute and absorbing

Daily Express Literary highlights 2018

A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again.

RACHEL JOYCE

‘Tender, wise and moving, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to cherish.’

JOHN BOYNE

The loveliest short novel of late love you'll ever read. Whenever I talk about it, I simply cry with joy

JAMES HAWES

Quietly intriguing, beautifully observed, full of powerful emotions

RUTH HOGAN, Author of The Keeper of Lost Things

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

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that makes you think and wonder and quietly hope. Loved it.

Tammy Cohen

A quirky, wise and tender novel. Proof that the richest fruits come on the edge of autumn

SARAH DUNANT

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 beautiful, affecting novel of late love, by an extraordinary new writer

NINA STIBBE

Precise, clear, funny, poignant and truthful. This is a work of art, dear readers. Revel in its beauty

ADRIANI TRIGIANI

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

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

Full of grace and humanity

Sunday Times

Intriguing, tender, unexpectedly moving

Woman and Home

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

An insightful and emotional debut … tenderly hints at second chances and rejuvenation

Sunday Express

Full of funny, wise perceptions. The author is 70. This lovely novel is her debut. When's the next?

Saga Magazine

Absolutely beautiful, about loss and the life choices we make

Liz Hoggard, Daily Mail

I thought the author wrote the content of the letters absolutely beautifully, making the characters jump off the page.

The Writing Garnet

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

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

There is a sensitivity and warmth throughout that I found utterly charming.

Reflections of a Reader

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

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

When the book finished, I felt an immense sadness that I had to say goodbye to these two people.

My Reading Corner

I loved the setting and the characters were great, it was a pleasure to read.

Donna's Book Blog

Few books ever have that much impact on me and I feel this is something that everyone needs to experience.

Book Lover Worm

A beautiful, lyrical love story, played out with words and paper.

My Weekly

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780857525529

    June 18, 2018

    Doubleday

    RRP $29.99

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  • Hardback

    9780857525512

    June 15, 2018

    Doubleday

    RRP $34.99

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    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781473555242

    May 17, 2018

    Transworld Digital

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Extract

An extract from the Foreword to The Bog People by P. V. Glob (Faber & Faber, 1969): Professor Glob responds to a group of schoolgirls who have been in touch with him about recent archaeological discoveries. His book The Bog People is dedicated to the schoolgirls who first wrote to him.

Dear young girls,

Home again from the deserts and oases of the Sheikdoms I find your enthusiastic letters on my desk. They have aroused in me the wish to tell you and many others who take an interest in our ancestors about these strange discoveries in Danish bogs. So I have written a ‘long letter’ in the following pages for you, for my daughter Elsebeth, who is your age, and for all who wish to learn more about ancient times than they can gather from the learned treatises that exist on the subject. But I have all too little time, and it has taken me a long while to finish my letter. However, here it is. You have all grown older since and so perhaps are now all the better able to understand what I have written about these bog people of 2,000 years ago.

Yours sincerely,

P. V. Glob (Professor)

August 13th, 1964

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