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Meet Me at the Museum

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  9,180 ratings  ·  1,771 reviews
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, neither 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.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Flatiron Books (first published May 17th 2018)
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Elyse  Walters
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Time connecting with thyself.....
with our books - reading - is
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 book, The Bog People, to a group of schoolgirls, whic ...more
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 writes to the Silkeborg museum, sending a letter to
Nat K

"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 to one another.

Though strangers, they slowly pour
Cindy Burnett
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This 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. Youngson’s writing is thoughtful and lyrical, and her refl
Diane Barnes
Such a surprise, and I am so glad my perception of what this book would be was wrong. I thought it would be light; it is not. I thought it would be quick; it was not, although the Christmas season with so many things to do did prevent me from reading as much as usual.
I thought it would be easy; it was not that either, because it gave me so much to think about. It was not a straightforward, epistolary novel of an exchange of letters between two people, but an exchange of ideas and feelings that w
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some of the blurbs about this novel made me think that it might be too cloying and heavy handed for me. I didn't need to worry! This epistolary novel is tart and true in its depiction of a growing friendship. And wonderful. ...more
Mark Porton
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
Meet me at the Museum by Anne Youngson is a wonderfully written story about two people who exchange letters (the old-fashioned way) over a period of a year or so. The initial letter was written by Tina Hopgood to the curator of a Danish museum enquiring about the famous Tollund Man. The Tollund man is a perfectly preserved human who was discovered in the bogs of Denmark. This person died in the 4 century BCE and is kept at the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark. Anders Larsen is the curator who replies ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Tina Hopgood writes a letter to Professor Glob, she is not expecting to receive a reply. She knows that he is probably dead as he would have to be over 100 years old now. Back in 1964 a group of girls including Tina wrote a letter to Professor Glob. He wrote a book The Bog people, who the girls were interested in, and dedicated it to them, one of whom was his daughter.

Tina, in a moment of contemplating things in life and opportunities missed, writes this letter to the professor more than fi
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 her husband for over 30 years. Her children, now adult
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book. At the start I thought it was a little like 84, Charing Cross road, but it took another route. I enjoyed looking up the Tollund man and Seamus Heaney's poem about him which I had read some forty odd years ago. ...more
Peter Boyle
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 encourages her to visit, even without Bella. They begin to
Connie G
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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 she works with her hands at a busy, cluttered farm w ...more
3.5 Stars

I think most people get to a crossroads in their life, where they look back and reflect on their choices and their accomplishments. With Tina, this happened when her best friend, Bella died.( not a spoiler) They always planned to go together to see the Tollund Man in Denmark- now this will never be possible.

Tina decides to write to Professor Glob, but as he is no longer alive, Anders, the curator of the museum, is the one to respond. So begins there correspondence to each other- initial
Paula Bardell-Hedley
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paula by: NetGalley.
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 worked at senior level in product development f
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher-sent
Anne 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 each other and a friendship grows. As they share
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. Larsen informed her that Professor Glob was dead, but also ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
“Meet Me at the Museum” written by published writer Anne Youngson was my first epistolary novel I have read and considering its unique nature, I found it very easy to read and quite ingenious how it pulled me straight in.
Written in the form of letters between Tina HopGood, a farmers wife living in Suffolk and Anders Larsen, a lonely widowed museum curator in Denmark, they soon begin a blossoming friendship where they share stories filled with joy and anguish, realising deep rooted feelings and e
Feb 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
This was a random pickup from the library, so totally not on any of my friends' shelves.

But it's good that it's not on their shelves, I mean why would they want to read something so disappointing?

Anyway let me continue.

This book was uber cute in the beginning with exchanging letters, and literary knowledge being passed in between.

It was perfect..but then.

The information passing got so boring that I wondered whether the author actually had slipped an encyclopedia inside instead of the actual
A six star book and a six star audio performance. This is a quietly powerful read, an exploration of marriage and of friendship and grief and so much more. I don't want to throw any spoilers in the themes.

Written in epistolary format, yet so perfect. You'd think that format wouldn't really lend itself to such topics, but it works perfectly. And a first novel, which makes it even more amazing. It begins with a woman writing to a professor from her school days whom she wasn't even sure was still
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 cynical, snarky side to believe, I have a huge sen
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
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.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 specifically, but I had read of the uncovering of bodies (The B
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 Age man found in a bog whose preserved body (or the remain
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Holly R W
The museum referred to in the title of the book is the Silkeborg Museum, located in Denmark, which houses a carefully preserved man from the Iron Age. He is called the "Tollund Man". The book begins when Tina Hopgood, a farmer's wife living in England, writes to the museum and expresses an interest in visiting it. Anders Larsen, a widowed archeologist who works at the museum, promptly writes back to her. So begins a correspondence which changes both of their lives. The letters gradually grow mor ...more
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.’ Later she confides, ‘I don’t know where these thoughts com ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 restricted art form since the author's method of telling
Carol (Reading Ladies)
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 English farm wife, mother, and grandmother, and Anders, a qu
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Edmonds, East Anglia, and whilst she and her friend
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Anne Youngson worked for many years in senior management in the car industry before embarking on a creative career as a writer. She has supported many charities in governance roles, including Chair of the Writers in Prison Network, which provided residencies in prisons for writers. She lives in Oxfordshire and is married with two children and three grandchildren to date. Meet Me at the Museum is h ...more

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