TREASURE PALACES: Great Writers Visit Great Museums

TREASURE PALACES: Great Writers Visit Great Museums

EDITED BY MAGGIE FERGUSSON    Book Number: 85071    Product format: Paperback

When the writer Orhan Pamuk created his 'Museum of Innocence' in Istanbul in 2012, he wrote: 'It is imperative that museums become smaller, more individualistic and cheaper. This is the only way that they will ever tell stories on a human scale.' The 24 writers in this curious collection have mostly sought out a distant, small museum which can heighten the appetite and the experience in the form of pilgrimage. They include Roddy Doyle visiting the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York, Allison Pearson visiting the Musée Rodin in Paris, Rory Stewart The National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, Margaret Drabble goes to Florence and Ali Smith Capri, Michael Morpurgo to Flanders Field Museum Ypres and Ann Patchett The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jacqueline Wilson goes to the Musée de la Poupée in Paris and Alice Oswald sees a smiling shrunken goddess in the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. William Boyd goes to The Leopold Museum in Vienna and Matthew Sweet The Abba Museum in Stockholm. With a note on the authors this is a tour of surprising, haunting and inspiring museums, all beautifully written up. 221pp in paperback, published by The Economist books.
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