Monday, 22 March 2010

The Debut of Literary Locations..da daaaa!

Following a chat I had a few weeks ago with A Bookish Space, I have been nursing a germ of an idea.

Living and working in central London, I am extremely lucky to walk past places with bookish associations on a daily basis. But a lot of the time, us busy bees just walk straight past.

So I thought I’d embark on a bit of literary location sleuthing.

Then I’ll post up my latest discoveries and we can start to build up a bit of an interactive map. Interactive map I hear you cry? Worry not. I have a nifty solution up my voluminous sleeves.

So, before my first post do you have any favourite bookish spots? The map is international so think BIG! I’ll pick my favourite and post it on the map along with a link to your blog.


  1. My favourite spot is Rooks Nest near Stevenage in Hertfordshire. It was the home of EM Forster and it is the house behind "Howard's End". The film with Emma THompson and Helena Bonham Carter was not filmed there simply because the house was too small. My grandparents used to take me to look at it on the way to their house when I was a Forster obssessed teenager - but we never had the guts to knock on the door - which increases its appeal to me in a way. It is now surrounded by a housing estate and a cemetary - but you can close your eyes and imagine...

    Sorry that this is not very international!

    Lovely idea by the way - I will be thinking of others all night!


  2. Oh fanastic - I'm looking forward to the first unveiling :)

  3. Bath for all its Jane Austen associations, I loved Bath.

  4. What a cool idea, I literally traveled the world in my books growing up. Faves-- Henry James brought me Venice and I went myself a few years after reading The Wings of the Dove.

  5. great suggestions everyone -I forgot to say that the first post will go up on Friday - so keep your suggestions coming in!

  6. Clapton Library24 March 2010 at 18:30

    I am a fan of your style! I awaited with baited breath

  7. Clapton Library24 March 2010 at 18:31

    That doesn't make sense - i can't believe my first comment doens't make sense! Hopefully you can decipher what I mean

  8. How about 221B Baker Street. I went to the museum there a few months ago and had a lot of fun imagining Sherlock Holmes and Watson solving cases there.

  9. Chawton for its Jane Austen associations and Nebraska USA (not that I've ever been) for its Willa Cather connections.


    A little late i know but have you seen this? is quite interesting website on the whole for all things london and literary :)

    bloomsbury (for pretending you're virginia woolf)