Meet Me at the Museum

Meet Me at the Museum

Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018


**As read on BBC Radio Four**

plifting, 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
To Everything
We are.

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'*****


  • Exquisite. Its characters somehow resist following their story and reverse themselves into a new one. A beautiful lasting read.

About the author

Anne Youngson

ANNE YOUNGSON is the author of the Costa First Book Award-shortlisted Meet Me at the Museum; BBC Radio Book Club pick, Three Women and a Boat and the story collection, The Six Who Came to Dinner. Anne Youngson's shrewd, warm-hearted and observational prose has been widely praised. Her new novel, A Complicated Matter explores the human heart through the coming-of-age of a young English refugee during the blitz. Anne's work is published around the world. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and has three grandchildren.
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