How to Write a Smash-Hit Debut Novel at 70

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Publishing your first novel as a 70-year-old grandmother-of-three is quite a coup. But Anne Youngson’s Meet Me At The Museum, a present-day tale of late love, is already being hailed as a classic.

The novel tells of a 60-plus man and a woman — with more of their life behind them than ahead — who connect unexpectedly by letter.

It sold in a major deal 48 hours after she submitted it to publisher Transworld, which is bringing it out as its lead fiction title for this summer.

Transworld’s recent successes include Paula Hawkins’s The Girl On The Train and Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry so, inevitably, there is a lot of excitement about Meet Me At The Museum.

Much has been made of Anne’s age. Becoming a publishing success late in life is rare — other late-blooming writers include The Camomile Lawn’s Mary Wesley, who published her first novel at 71, and Laura Ingalls Wilder who was 64 when she wrote Little House In The Big Wood.

Grandmother-of-three Anne Youngson, 70, (pictured) has been celebrated for her first novel Meet Me At The Museum. She shared her inspiration behind writing the book


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