Whether it is Orhan Pamuk’s love-struck Museum of Innocence, Donna Tartt’s bombing in a New York gallery, or the case of a curator who turned to crime, museums are home to fascinating stories Museums are the perfect backdrops for fiction of pretty much any kind. Archives of the past, repositories of secrets, windows on to worlds and people long disappeared: museums are storehouses of stories. Cursed horrors lurk in dusty vaults, thrilling mysteries can be solved, magic can be woven from pieces of the past. Behind every piece of pottery or scrap of fabric, there lies a human life lived out long ago. In my latest novel The Handover, two security guards at the fictional Manchester Museum of Social History are literal custodians of the past. But they find that the past is not immutable, and realise that challenging it can make for a better future. But Daisy and Nate are by no means the first characters to have their stories played out in a museum – here are some of my favourites.
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