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Meet Me At The Museum

Meet Me At The Museum

by Anne Youngson

 

Please be aware I am writing to you to make sense of myself …

When the curator of a Danish museum responds to a query about ancient exhibits, he doesn’t expect a reply.
When Tina Hopgood first wrote it, nor did she …

 

Tina Hopgood is dissatisfied with her life.

As a school child her class had corresponded with Professor Glob at the Silkeborg museum in Denmark about the discovery of the Tollund Man, an Iron Age man found perfectly preserved in a Danish bog. She is now the wrong side of 60 years old and writes once again to Professor Glob. Unfortunately he has passed away, but Tina receives a reply from the present curator of the museum, Anders Larson. What starts out as a quite formal exchange of letters about the Tollund Man and his effect on modern life, soon turns into a more personal correspondence.

Two very different characters; Tina, a disillusioned hard-working farmer’s wife from East Anglia and Anders, a widower and the curator of the Silkeborg museum in Denmark. They both find they have common ground in feeling somewhat surplus to their own lives.  Tina is a cog in the efficinet working of the farm, but feels her family wouldn’t notice her otherwise. Anders, a widower, lives alone. Always looking back to the life he lived with his wife and wondering if he had done enough to help her.

This book is gentle, thoughtful and tender. The relationship grows slowly, like the opening of a fern frond. As they discuss their lives they develop a closeness with each other that neither seems able to find with their own families.

When there is upheaval in Tina’s life she has to re-evaluate their relationship. Whether that means ending it or setting it on a new pathway only she can decide.

A beautiful debut with gorgeous prose. I totally loved both characters and the slow, thoughtful response to each other’s letters. I was quite ridiculously peeved at the thought of them using email rather than real letters, I loved the idea of their handwritten letters dropping through the letter box and the feel and touch of the paper and envelopes.

I did guess quite early on what was going to happen, but it in no way impaired my enjoyment of the book. I felt the author played out the events perfectly…or her characters did.

A book about lost lives, missed opportunities and the fact that it’s never too late to change your life.  A wonderful read and highly recommended.

Anne Youngson will be appearing at urmston bookshop on Wednesday 6th june 2018, to talk about her book and her writing journey. Tickets are £3 inc glass of wine and redeemable aginst the cost of a book.

Tel: 0161 747 7442

emai:  books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk

 

The Smiling Man

the smiling man

 

The Smiling Man

by Joseph Knox

 

‘I usually experienced the presence of a dead body as an absence, but in this case, it felt like a black hole opening up in front of me’
Disconnected from his history and careless of his future, Detective Aidan Waits has resigned himself to the night shift. An endless cycle of meaningless emergency calls and lonely dead ends. Until he and his partner, Detective Inspector Peter ‘Sutty’ Sutcliffe, are summoned to The Palace, a vast disused hotel in the centre of a restless, simmering city. There they find the body of a man. He is dead. And he is smiling.

I adored Sirens, Joseph Knox first novel which introduced us to Detective Aidan Waits. It was my top crime novel for many a year. The concern was, could he keep up to that level of writing with his next book, The Smiling Man.  Well he hasn’t kept up. What he has done, is surpass it, by a long way.

It is simply brilliant.

We are back in the dark heart of Manchester and Detective Aidan Waits whose prestige has sunk so low, he is consigned to the nightshift. He is investigating random bin fires with his colleague, the morose (but hygenic), Peter ‘Sutty’ Sutcliffe.

When they are called to the Palace, a large recently closed hotel in the city centre they find a dead man in one of the rooms: a smiling dead man. With no means of identifying the man they set off on an investigation that leads to more death, two estranged owners of the hotel and lots of trouble for Aidan waits.

Alongside this investigation another harrowing tale is unfolding. And with a deft brush, Joseph Knox paints the two stories perfectly, allowing them to come together seamlessly.

There is so much to laud about this book. One of the great things is the characterisation. Aidan is a much more rounded character as we find out a lot of his backstory and his motivations.  The rest of the characters are just as good, and a special mention should go to Manchester, a character in itself. Joseph Knox brings to life the tense, seething underbelly of the city masterfully.

The book is driven along at a great pace with scintillating prose,crackling dialogue and a tense plot. my only disappointment was finishing the book: I now have a long wait until the next one.

If you haven’t met Aidan Waits yet, don’t leave it any longer: start at Sirens, you won’t be sorry.

Highly recommended, an incredible read.

Urmston Bookshop presents Anne Youngson

Wednesday 6th June

                                                               7pm                                                                       

 

Tickets cost £3.00; this includes a glass of wine and is redeemable against the cost of a book on the evening.

Anne’s debut novel is a beautiful, affecting novel of late love by an extraordinary new writer.

 

The Observer Promising first-time British novelists 2018: ‘A novel about self-discovery and second chance’ Insightful, emotionally acute and absorbing’

Daily Express: ‘Meet Me at the Museum starts so quiet and small like a bud tightly closed against the winter then it unfurls into something so alive and truly beautiful’.

To book tickets: call into the shop, phone 0161 747 7442, or

email books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk

 

Classic Film Night

      We are showing the classic film Dark Passage

          starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall


Tuesday 15th May 2018

Tickets cost £7; This includes popcorn and ice-cream during the interval

Tel: 0161 747 7442

email: books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk

Sharon Bolton, Crime Author, at Urmston Bookshop

We are thrilled to announce that bestselling northern crime author, Sharon Bolton, will be appearing exclusively at Urmston Bookshop

 

Meet Sharon Bolton, author of the Lacey Flint crime thriller series.
She has also written a number of standalone novels, one of which, Sacrifice, has been made into a film.
Her latest book The Craftsman is set in Lancashire and delves into the stories and legends of the Pendle witches.

 

A gripping storyteller – Peter James

Bolton’s latest gripper, suffused with menace – The Times

 

Tickets cost £3.00; this includes a glass of wine and can be redeemed against the cost of a book on the evening.

Book early for this exciting and highly anticipated event by calling in, phoning us, or sending an email to reserve your tickets.

 

Contact us – Urmston Bookshop, 72 Flixton Road, Urmston, M41 5AB
Email: books@urmston-bookshop.co.uk
Phone: 0161 747 7442
www.urmston-bookshop.co.uk