Meet Me at the Museum

Meet Me at the Museum

Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018


Now being read on BBC Radio Four
A beautiful novel about late love and second chances, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018

'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 the 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's debut novel MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM was shortlisted for the Costa Best First Novel Award and won the inaugural Paul Torday Memorial prize for debut fiction by writers over sixty. Her second novel, THREE WOMEN AND A BOAT was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick. A COMPLICATED MATTER is her first historical novel, and was inspired by an episode of 'From the Archives' on BBC Radio Four. She had a successful career in senior management before turning to her long-held wish to write. She lives in Oxfordshire and is married with two children and four grandchildren.
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