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Review: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

Meet Me at the Museum, a novel in the form of letters, published in 2018. It was Anne Youngson’s first novel. Written when she was already 73 years old, it became an international bestseller – so for those of you out there with literary ambitions, it’s never too late!

For various reasons I am listening to books rather than reading them just now, and this one was an absolute joy. The entire tale is told in a series of letters between two people and is beautifully read by two actors (is that what they are called when reading books?) for Audible.

Tina Hopgood, a wife, mother and key part of her family farm in England, has always had a fascination with the Tollund Man, a naturally mummified body of a man found in a bog, which is displayed at the Silkeborg Museum in Denmark. She writes a letter to the author of a book on the subject of the Tollund Man, sends it to the museum in Denmark, and starts a conversation with Professor Anders Larsen about the man and about many other things. Their letters tell their stories and a relationship is established between them. They write about the things they love (and don’t). They write about everyday happenings and about life-shattering events. They are worlds apart in their view of the world but their communication is thoughtful, respectful and they seem to learn from each other. And as a reader (or listener) I was learning from them. I found out about the Tollund Man (he is real – but I didn’t know that beforehand), and I learned along with them about how to deal with the unexpected things that can be thrown at anyone at any time.

Once I get back to reading books, this one is on my list. I really do want to experience it all again.

Review by Library Member