Given that travel to Britain is now possible, book lovers travelling there will certainly benefit from Caroline Taggart's Book Lover's Bucket List. Even for those staying home, it provides enticing armchair travelling around a landscape "chock full of literary landmarks", as Tracy Chevalier writes in her foreword.
Taggart describes 100 sites, arranged geographically, associated with famous British writers, poets, playwrights and authors. Each entry, in a beautifully produced hardback, comes with location colour photographs, relevant book illustrations from the British Library collections, and, where available, website links.
All the famous associations are there. The London house where Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield, P.G. Wodehouses's Jeeves and Wooster's Mayfair, William Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, Lord Byron's Newstead Abbey, Bram Stoker's Whitby, the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, Evelyn Waugh's Castle Howard, Walter Scott's Abbotsford, Beatrix Potter's Hill Top in the Lake District, Shakespeare's Stratford, and Jane Austen's Chawton, Bath and Lyme Regis.
Taggart also includes sites where TV and movie adaptations have been filmed, such as Stamford in Lincolnshire for George Eliot's Middlemarch, Castle Howard for Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and Lyme Park for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
The entry on Philip Pullman's Oxford takes the reader to the Oxford colleges which provided the backdrop for Pullman's Jordan College in the His Dark Materials trilogy, as well as the Botanic Gardens.
The book also features less well-known sites, such as Monica Ali's Brick Lane, Olaudah Equiano's 'African Tomb' on Tottenham Court Road, Seamus Heaney's Lough Neagh lake, Winifred Holtby's Hull, Oscar Wilde's Cafe Royal, Lewis Sunderland "inspirations" for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Sam Salvon and Andrea Levy's post- Windrush West London.
Many will not know that Senate House at the University of London was the location for George Orwell's Ministry of Truth in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Taggart comments, on the accompanying picture of Senate House, "you can see why the building has been described as Stalinist and why Winston Smith looked upon it with such dread".
Even railway stations are included. J K Rowling is referenced at Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross, Michael Bond's famous bear can be found at Paddington, while John Betjeman is remembered at St Pancras.
In the museums devoted to an author, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, at Great Missenden, where you enter through chocolate doors to be greeted by Willy Wonka guides, stands out.
It's very clear that wherever you are in the United Kingdom, you are never far from somewhere associated with a good book.
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