Writers' Houses: Where Great Books Began
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Writers' Houses reflects Britain's impressive literary and architectural heritage, offering a revealing insight into how leading British writers lived and wrote.
Illustrated in colour, the book guides you through the very rooms that inspired writers to produce some of their greatest work. Drawing upon the writers' own words, the book examines in detail the personal relationship between each house and writer and discusses the influence these places have had upon the imagination and creativity of British novelists, poets and playwrights from the past five hundred years.
Over fifty houses are explored including Agatha Christie's secluded West Country retreat, the ancient, timber-framed residence in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare spent his boyhood, Dylan Thomas's boat-house at Laugharne, the cottage where Robert Burns was born and brought up, and the moated house and garden in East Sussex that inspired the evocative setting for a Sherlock Holmes story.
Follow in the footsteps of your favourite authors and be inspired by the surroundings in which some of literature's best-loved characters were created.
" Writers' Houses is an innovative and entertaining take on the well-worn literary walks genre, and the author is to be congratulated on breathing fresh life into these literary landmarks. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Outdoor Focus
" Adorned with boxed biographical summaries, a foreword by Julian Fellowes and colour photographs that are visually equivalent to a foreword by Julian Fellowes, Writers' Houses has a Wikipedia-in-print air. The formula seems most successful when applied to places of residence that were also places of direct inspiration - where the writing and the dwelling can hardly be separated at all. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Times Literary Supplement