Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

Meet Me at the Museum

In Denmark, Professor Kristian Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife and his hopes for the future. On an isolated English farm, Tina Hopgood is trapped in a life she doesn’t remember choosing. Both believe their love stories are over.Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaney’s famous poem, they begin writing letters to one another. And from their vastly different worlds, they find they...

Details Meet Me at the Museum

TitleMeet Me at the Museum
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Adult Fiction

Reviews Meet Me at the Museum

  • Paromjit
    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...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    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 ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    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...
  • Paula Bardell-Hedley
    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...
  • Nancy
    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...
  • Karen
    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 ...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    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...
  • Eva
    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...
  • Bonnie Brody
    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,...
  • Anne
    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...
  • Ronnie Turner
    Tina Hopgood writes a letter to an elderly professor in the hopes of receiving a response and some form of clarity to smooth away her woes. Tina is a sixty-year-old wife, mother and grandmother who suddenly realises that her life has flown by, dictated not by her hand but by those around her. Now, 'forever' has shrunk and she is no longer a young girl pottering about with friend Bella, the bright future awaiting them. But her greatest regret coul...
  • LibraryReads
    "A touching epistolary novel about a an English farmer’s wife and a museum curator who may be in for an unexpected second act."Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills, WI
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    When I first saw the description of this book, I felt it was something that I needed to read Right Now! It isn't released until August, so I'm happy to have received it from Netgalley. It's a short little book, the ebook was under 200 pages so it was easy to start and finish in a few short days. Meet Me at the Museum is a sweet and lovely story that is told entirely through letters between Tina (living in Bury St. Edmunds) and a museum curator in...
  • Joyce
    Het boek is een briefwisseling tussen twee mensen van middelbare leeftijd: een vrouw, wonend in Engeland, op een boerderij, met haar man en volwassen kinderen, en een man, wonend in Denemarken, weduwnaar en conservator in een museum. Via de briefwisseling leren we langzaam maar zeker beide mensen kennen: hun levens, hun twijfels, hun dromen... en zo leren zij dus ook elkaar beter kennen. Tot op een dag de vrouw niet meer schrijft, omdat er wat ge...
  • Mary Lins
    You’ll read words like “charming” and “endearing” when perusing reviews of Anne Youngson’s, “Meet Me at the Museum”, and those adjectives are apt, but the novel is also full of interesting facts about archeology and anthropology that I found fascinating, and a unique entry into a “mid-life” relationship!Epistolary novels are wonderful when done right, and I’m guessing they are difficult to get right, as the structure is so c...
  • Tonstant Weader
    After her best friend Bella died, Tina Hopgood wrote to a professor at the Silkeborg Museum where the Tollund Man lies waiting for visitors like Tina and Bella who always hoped to go see him. Kristian, the curator, wrote back to let her know the professor had long passed and so began a correspondence, a friendship, and the best epistolary novel since “84, Charing Cross Road.”Epistolary novels are tricky things. The story must be their lives, ...
  • Louise Marley
    The striking cover of this book caught my eye but I wasn't sure if it was going to be my 'thing', because I am not keen on stories told in the format of letters. But my friends were raving about it so I thought I'd take a chance, and I'm so pleased I did.On impulse Tina Hopgood writes to Professor Glob, who dedicated his book on the Tollund Man to her and her classmates over fifty years ago, asking whether she should visit his museum in Denmark. ...
  • Charlie
    Good book -an epistolary novel is somewhat interesting. Not my cup of tea. Could only read about half of the book so I had to pass this story on to another reviewer for their opinion and a little bit of mine.I couldn't finish it but the other reviewer did. The take is ----the story is about several people that correspond with each other about, yeah, life. Meet Me at the Museum didn't turn me on but I can see how other readers could enjoy this typ...
  • Whitney
    I do not usually enjoy epistolary novels. It takes extra effort to read the letters written between one character and another. Also, I need to remind myself to check the location and date mark at the beginning of each missive. That style of reading takes extra work, somewhat like poetry does. However, because this book is about museums, East Anglia, Denmark, and BOG PEOPLE, I could not turn up my nose at this. I love Scandinavian cultures and rur...
  • Jan Polep
    So, a mummified Bog Man brings together a farmer's wife from England and a museum curator in Denmark. Crazy, hun? Story is told in letters and emails, starts with a dedication in "The Bog People" by Prof. Glom to English school children students, and continues as one of the students considers a trip to view "The Tollund Man" in Denmark. A back and forth conversation about opportunities skipped, choices made, family grief and family joy leave you ...
  • Kate Yates
    Lots of strands that resonated such as the female character living in Bury St Edmunds and the interest in archaeology. I could also identify with the ideas that the two characters were corresponding about. This was a debut novel so hoping she writes more!
  • Barb in Maryland
    4.5 stars.I was expecting fluff or perhaps twee. What I got was a meditative examination of life, regrets, grief and the necessity of a friend with whom to share your thoughts.Still thinking about this one...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    This is just what I wanted.I love epistolary novels. A story in letters creates a novel that is immediately intimate. Meet Me at the Museum is well-crafted and heartfelt without being maudlin or sentimental. Tina Hopgood, farm wife in East Anglia, writes to Dr. Glob in Denmark, a professor who dedicated a book about The Tollund Man to her and her classmates when she was a girl. Dr. Glob is deceased, so the curator of the museum, Anders Larsen, re...
  • Karen Mace
    I always like to be surprised by a book and this one definitely did that! I loved it!!! The premise is astonishingly simple - 2 strangers writing to each other with a 2,000 year old bog man at the centre of their bond - and the result is that we get to read their letters and see how 2 different people from 2 different worlds can feel so free to share their thoughts and fears through the power of words written on paper, or via emails and how touch...
  • Rhi
    This was the perfect tonic; I’ve been reading a lot of dark, quite heavy themed books recently so this was exactly what I needed – just a lovely, thought-provoking and empowering story (before I return to my dystopian thrillers).It’s a great format for a novel and a real skill to be able to write a fiction story solely through letters! I was slowly drawn in to the back and forth between Tina (a farmer’s wife) and Anders (a museum curator)...
  • Alison
    Meet Me at the Museum is one of the hidden gems among books. If you want a fairly sentimental, gentle story set a generation ago then take a look.As long-term childhood friends Tina & Bella committed themselves to visiting a museum in Denmark. The Professor had sent an invitation many years ago to go & see the Tolland Man who resides perfectly preserved in peat. Now based on those details alone I doubt if I would have got any further than the fir...
  • Moray Teale
    Epistolary novels are not my favourite style. When they work they can be remarkable but when they don’t (and this happens often) they can ruin what might otherwise be a successful narrative. In Anne Youngson’s tale a woman in her sixties writes to a Danish scholar at the Silkeborg Museum, home of the prehistoric Tollund Man with whom her school class had corresponded many years ago. She writes from a feeling of isolation, disillusioned with h...
  • Booktoria
    This was a particularly beautiful novel in terms of its writing style, epistolary form is very accessible if you don’t have a lot of time to read a 700 page book! The plot tells the story of two characters who exchange letters between England and Denmark, which explores their internal struggles with some major events happening across their lives, both in the present and in the past depending on the subject matter. It is nicely structured in a w...
  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    Meet Me At The Museum, is a short novel at just 201 pages. It is a correspondence based exploration of the two central characters. Tina Hopgood writes a letter originally intended to reach P.V. Glob, a professor whom dedicated a novel to her many years ago. Upon the discovery of P.V Glob’s death, she begins writing a series of letters to museum curator Anders Larson. Through the letters we learn Tina and Anders full history. The hardships they ...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityMeet Me at the Museum is a quietly marvelous little gem of a book. That it is also the author’s debut novel just makes it that much more special.This is an epistolary novel, which is a fancy way of saying that the entire story is written as a series of letters. In this particular case, the letters are between two semi-accidental correspondents, both in their early 60s, who find themselves asking each other...