Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

Meet Me at the Museum

Please be aware I am writing to you to make sense of myself ...When the curator of a Danish museum responds to a query about ancient exhibits, he doesn’t expect a reply.When Tina Hopgood first wrote it, nor did she …Professor Anders Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. He does not know that a query from a Mrs Tina Hopgood about a world-famous antiquity in his museum is about to alt...


Details Meet Me at the Museum

TitleMeet Me at the Museum
ISBN9780857525529
Author
Release DateMay 17th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Romance, Literary Fiction, Adult Fiction
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Reviews Meet Me at the Museum

  • Elyse Walters
    2019-05-24
    Most readers are familiar with the words... or similar such words:“Sometimes a book finds us at the perfect time....being exactly what we needed in the moment”. “Meet Me At The Museum”was that book for me. A perfect book to have finished this morning - on my 67th birthday. I’m lying in bed - under a cozy quilt visiting my daughter in Calgary- looking out my partially open window to clouds and the early morning whispering city sounds. Ti...
  • Paromjit
    2018-05-05
    This is a short and moving epistolary novel from Anne Youngson about the unexpected blossoming of a late flowering love sparked entirely through the letters between them. In Bury St Edmunds Tina Hopgod, is a hard working farmer's wife and grandmother, and Professor Anders Larsen, is a curator of a Silkeborg museum in Denmark with its prized mummified corpse of Tollund Man from the Iron Age. In 1964, Professor PV Glob wrote a dedication in his boo...
  • Nicola
    2019-05-26
    “I can see that living alone, as you do leaves empty space around you, and that can feel lonely. Living together with other people, as I do can feel lonely too”In Denmark Professor Anders Larsen curator of the Silkeborg museum,has lost his wife and his hopes and dreams for the future!On a remote English farm ,Tina Hopgood is trapped living a life that was never really her choice. Both believe their lives are missing love and meaning. Brought ...
  • PorshaJo
    2018-09-10
    What a wonderful surprise this gem of a book was for me. I do not recall how I learned of this book but I recall seeing my library got the audio and I immediately put myself on the list. Finally, it arrived and I jumped right in. I pushed through this, wanting to know what would happen, not wanting it to end.The story is told in alternating letters from Tina Hopgood, who lives in England, and Professor Anders Larsen, who lives in Denmark. Tina wr...
  • Cindy Burnett
    2018-08-26
    4.5 starsThis is a beautiful, beautiful book. Meet Me at the Museum is told solely through letters between Tina Hopgood, a farmer’s wife in England, and Anders Larsen, the curator at a Danish museum. As they continue to write back and forth to each other, their lives, loves and losses are unveiled to each other and the reader. I savored the book and the story trying not to rush through it because it is such a poignant and wonderful tale. Youngs...
  • Nat K
    2019-05-04
    "I would cycle miles in the rain, if I had to (which I don't), to post letters to you, if this was only way to make sure you continued to write to me."This is a gentle story of two people corresponding to one another across continents. Tina in the UK and Anders in Denmark. What starts as a polite "conversation" about history (regarding a query about The Tollund Man*) turns into a friendship as they both let down their guard and continue to write ...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    2018-07-13
    3.5 sweetie-pies“Our letters have meant so much to us because we have both arrived at the same point in our lives. More behind us than ahead of us.” -Anne Youngson They have never met. They have never even seen a picture of the other. They live over 700 miles apart. Yet, they have found more comfort and companionship in each other than they ever thought possible. Tina Hopgood lives in East Anglia, England, on a farm. She has lived there with ...
  • Peter Boyle
    2019-01-13
    January can be a tough month, and for anyone who needs their spirits lifted, I recommend this sweet and gentle story.Tina is a sixty-something English woman, struggling with the loss of her dear friend Bella. They had always planned to travel to Denmark to see the Tollund Man, an archaeological discovery that struck a chord with them as schoolgirls. She writes to the museum that displays it and receives a reply from Anders, a curator. He encourag...
  • Connie G
    2019-05-11
    "Meet Me at the Museum" is a delightful epistolary novel about a man and a woman who find themselves disappointed later in life. They are two strangers who begin a correspondence by chance when Tina, a farmer's wife in England, writes to Anders, a curator at Denmark's Silkeborg Museum. She has had an interest in the Tollund Man who was found in the Danish bogs and is exhibited at the museum. At first Tina and Anders seem very different because sh...
  • Nancy
    2018-07-21
    3.5Anne Youngson's debut is a charming epistolary novel about strangers who discover themselves in letter writing. Tina's one fatal mistake lead to a life as a farmer's wife, and now that her best friend has died she is struggling to find purpose and meaning. Tina writes to Prof. Glob about the Tollund Man, which she longs to see for herself. She learns that the Professor has died when Anders, a museum curator, responds. They continue to write to...
  • Paula Bardell-Hedley
    2018-02-10
    The promotional blurb accompanying this title appealed to me because it mentioned letter writing and Scandinavia, two themes guaranteed to arouse my curiosity. That it concerns also a profound friendship developing between two people who know each other simply because of words on paper was, for me, a delightful bonus. Meet Me at the Museum is 70-year-old British author, Anne Youngson's debut novel. Prior to her entry on to the literary scene she...
  • Rebecca
    2018-09-08
    This year’s Midwinter Break. A charming, bittersweet novel composed entirely of the letters that pass between Tina Hopgood, a 60-year-old farmer’s wife in East Anglia, and Anders Larsen, a curator at the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark. Tina initially wrote to P.V. Glob, the Danish archaeologist and author of The Bog People, which explored the mystery of the Tollund Man, to thank him for dedicating his book to her and her schoolgirl friends. Lars...
  • Doug
    2018-12-26
    4.5, rounded up. Costa Award nominee 2018 for Debut Novel Ok, first of all, I have always been a sucker for epistolary novels - from Richardson to Laclos to Stoker and Shelley to Helene Hanff to Alice Walker to A. S. Byatt to Julie Schumacher, etc. etc., there is just something about the form that I find immensely appealing... so I was somewhat predisposed to like this from the get go.Secondly, and this might be harder for those who only know my ...
  • Chris
    2018-10-15
    I so enjoyed this little book! The combo storyline of Tina and Anders’ relationship by correspondence, and my being totally captivated by the story of The Tollund Man made this a two for one win for me. Now, while The Tollund Man plays a role in the telling of this story, he is NOT 100% the story. I want to make that perfectly clear so as not to scare some readers off! The Tollund Man. Do you know about him? I did not know about him specificall...
  • Karen
    2018-05-19
    4.5*I do enjoy an epistolary novel, especially when it is done well – and Meet Me at the Museum is very well written indeed.Tina Hopgood, a farmer’s wife from East Anglia and Anders Larsen, curator of the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark strike up an unlikely friendship when Tina sends a letter addressed to a Professor Glob who 50 years before had dedicated a book to Tina and her schoolfriends about his discovery of the ‘Tollund Man’, an Iron ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    2018-09-24
    This was a really lovely little book about grief and finding yourself later in life. It’s an epistolary novel between a British farm wife who recently lost her best friend and a Danish museum curator who recently lost his troubled wife. They develop a close relationship and help each other overcome grief and loneliness through their letters.
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    2019-01-15
    Letter writing: “holding onto the softness and elegance” of the old ways.I happen to love epistolary novels and Meet Me at the Museum is in the tradition of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, 84, Charing Cross Road, and Last Christmas in Paris with the tenderness of finding a soul mate later in life as in Our Souls at Night. Even though the story unfolds in letters, we become interested and invested in the lives of Tina, an Englis...
  • Cathy
    2018-09-26
    In her debut novel, written in epistolary form, Anne Youngson not only gives the reader an insight into the thoughts and feelings of Tina and Anders but explores the act of letter writing itself. What emerges from their correspondence is that the act of transforming thoughts into words can have a therapeutic, even cathartic, quality. In one of her early letters, Tina writes, ‘Please be aware, I am writing to you to make sense of myself.’ Late...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    2018-08-13
    Anne Youngson's debut novel is a beautifully written epistolary novel set in England and Denmark. Tina Hopsgood decides to write a letter to a professor who dedicated his book about the Tollund Man to her and her classmates twenty years ago. She receives a response back from Anders Larson, curator at the museum where the Tollund Man is. This begins a beautiful friendship that fills the gap in these two characters lives. The writing is beautiful a...
  • Cheryl
    2019-02-07
    Read for a book group but this was incredibly apropos timing for me, which added to the experience. Sometimes had to put it down, sometimes couldn't put it down. Loved the evolution of their salutations and farewells, might be my favorite part.
  • Anne
    2018-05-16
    This is a short novel at just 224 pages, but it's a story that creeps into the heart and stays there. Wonderfully written, centred on just two main characters, but beguiling and beautiful and so very insightful.Tina Hopgood had always planned to visit the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark. Fifty years ago a book written by Professor Glob from the Silkeborg was dedicated to her and thirteen of her schoolfriends. Tina is now a farmer's wife in Bury St Ed...
  • Eva
    2018-05-16
    3.5* --> 4The story of Meet Me At The Museum starts when Tina Hopgood emails a professor at a museum in Denmark. She and her best friend have always wanted to visit the museum to view an archeological discovery that has held their interest. But now Tina’s friend has died and Tina regrets never having made the journey.She doesn’t expect a reply and as it turns out the professor she tried to contact has long since died himself. But her letter i...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    2019-01-18
    This little epistolary book slowly made its way into my heart. It is a story about grief and friendship. It was a book that took me awhile to finish- simply because I wanted to savor the gorgeous writing. It was a delight to watch the growth of the characters through the pages.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Upon reflection, it reminded me of ‘Our Souls at Night’ by Kent Haruf which I adored for its quiet, yet moving prose.
  • Travel.with.a.book
    2018-10-26
    So I finished this cute novel within a day and it was very enjoyable experience that I highly recommend you to read it!Anne is very talented Author, her writings are very sensitive and thoughtful, she really knows how to bring drama and romance altogether!.The novel is told exclusively by letters between two strangers Tina Hopgood a farmer's wife in England, and Anders Larsen the curator at a Danish museum! The main characters are very well conne...
  • Elaine
    2018-08-12
    Meet Me at the Museum is an epistolary novel focused on the letters exchanged between Tina, a hardworking farm wife of three children and a museum curator and widower named Anders in Denmark.Their unlikely correspondence begins when Tina's seeks more information about the museum's most famous exhibit, The Tollund Man. * Minor spoilers ahead * I don't mind novels written in letter form, for example Letters from Skye but it tends to be a restricte...
  • Ginger Bensman
    2018-11-05
    Over a birthday lunch, one of my dearest friends set this book in my hands. “You must read this,” she said. “Every page, I couldn’t stop thinking how much you are going to love this.” And, as usual, she was absolutely right. Meet Me at the Museum, at first, seems like an unassuming little epistolary novel, but oh—it’s so much more. It begins with an odd and rambling letter posted by one, Mrs. Tina Hopgood from Bury St. Edmunds in En...
  • Janice
    2019-02-19
    This book is a story told entirely through the use of letters. The letters are written between Tina Hopgood, a woman living on a working farm in England, and Anders Larsen, the curator at an archaeological museum in Denmark. These letters begin in anonymity, and are inquiries in a businesslike correspondence. But as the correspondence continues, both Tina and Anders begin to be more casual, friendly, and sharing of their current lives, both the p...
  • Winna
    2019-02-04
    I think i have never rooted for a couple more than i do in this book.That being said, i wholeheartedly believe that Anders and Tina belong together, despite living in separate countries, leading vastly different lives, and having never seen each other.Their story gives me hope, really. When two people are thrown together by chance, who is it to say it is not fate? When they find each other coincidentally, it is their choice to keep writing to eac...
  • Deborah Stevens
    2019-02-08
    This unique book will stick with me for a long time. The Tollund Man and related theme of being buried in one's own life is poignant, especially in midlife. And the process of getting to know the characters strictly through their letters and emails is a nice change of pace from the usual conventions of the novel. Youngson did well in avoiding pitfalls like sappiness, plotlessness and predictability. It's a quick read that is light in the experien...
  • Bonnie Brody
    2018-07-20
    In this epistolary novel, two people meet over their common love of the Tollund Man, both a true archaeological find and the subject of a poem by Seamus Heaney. In 1964, Tina Hopgood was in a class with Danish Professor who talked to them about the Tollund man. Tina, a married woman of middle age who resides on an East Anglian farm, attempts to get in touch with this professor by mail. She receives notice from the museum's curator, Anders Larsen,...