Literary Places

Literary Places

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Inspired Traveller's Guides: Literary Places takes you on an enlightening journey through the key locations of literature's best and brightest authors, movements and moments - brought to life through comprehensively researched text and stunning hand-drawn artwork.

Travel journalist Sarah Baxter provides comprehensive and atmospheric outlines of the history and culture of 25 literary places around the globe, as well as how they intersect with the lives of the authors and the works that make them significant. Full-page colour illustrations instantly transport you to each location. You'll find that these places are not just backdrops to the tales told, but characters in their own right.

Travel to the sun-scorched plains of Don Quixote's La Mancha, roam the wild Yorkshire moors with Cathy and Heathcliff or view Central Park through the eyes of J.D. Salinger's antihero. Explore the lush and languid backwaters of Arundhati Roy's Kerala, the imposing precipice of Joan Lindsay's Hanging Rock and the labyrinthine streets and sewers of Victor Hugo's Paris.

Featured locations:
Paris, Les Miserables
Dublin, Ulysses
Florence, A Room with a View
Naples, My Brilliant Friend
Berlin, Berlin Alexanderplatz
Nordland, Growth of the Soil
St Petersburg, Crime and Punishment
Sierra de Guadarrama, For Whom the Bell Tolls
La Mancha, Don Quixote
Davos, The Magic Mountain
Bath, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion
London, Oliver Twist
Yorkshire Moors, Wuthering Heights
Cairo, Palace Walk
Soweto, Burger's Daughter
Kerala, The God of Small Things
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), The Quiet American
Kabul, The Kite Runner
Hanging Rock, Picnic at Hanging Rock
New York, The Catcher in the Rye
Monterey, Cannery Row
Mississippi River, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Monroeville, To Kill a Mockingbird
Cartagena, Love in the Time of Cholera
Chile, The House of the Spirits

Delve into this book to discover some of the world's most fascinating literary places and the novels that celebrate them.

Each book in the Inspired Traveller's Guides series offers readers a fascinating, informative and charmingly illustrated guide to must-visit destinations round the globe. Also from this series, explore intriguing: Artistic Places (March 2021), Spiritual Places, Hidden Places and Mystical Places.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1781318107
  • 9781781318102
  • 63,221

Table of contents

1. Paris, France - Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Uncovering and exploring the settings of Hugo's classic book - the sewers, bridges, the river Seine.

2. Dublin, Ireland - James Joyce's Ulysses. Discover Davy Byrne's pub, the iconic location where you can still drink in the spirit of Leopold Bloom.

3. Florence, Italy - EM Forster's A Room with a View. Exploring the city that sparked a young English woman's awakening.

4. Naples, Italy - Elsa Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend. A modern classic of two girls building a life on the outskirts of Naples.

5. Berlin, Germany - Alfred Doblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz. Exploring the working-class neighbourhoods near the Alexanderplatz in 1920s Berlin.

6. Rural Norway - Knut Hamsun's Growth of the Soil. Nobel Prize winning novel, exploring the relationship between settlers and the natural environment in 1920s Norway.

7. St Petersburg, Russia - Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. Follow in the footsteps of Raskolnikov roaming the back streets of the city.

8. Sierra de Guadarrama, Spain - Ernest Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls. Setting for the classic Spanish Civil War story.

9. La Mancha, Spain - Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote. Explore the plains of Don Quixote, a founding work of modern Western literature.

10. Davos, Switzerland - Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. One of the most influential works of 20th-century German literature.

11. Bath, UK - Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. A tour of Austen locations in the Georgian city.

12. London, UK - Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist. The city streets and site of the slums where Fagin's gang lived.

13. Yorkshire Moors, UK - Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Walk where Cathy and Heathcliff roamed.

14. Cairo, Egypt - Naguib Mahfouz's novel Palace Walk, part of the Nobel Prize winner's Cairo Trilogy, depicting the life of a family over three generations in Cairo.

15. Soweto, South Africa - Nadine Gordimer's Burger's Daughter. The Nobel Prize winner's novel set in South Africa is about apartheid struggle.

16. Kerala, India - Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. The Booker-winning novel follows the lives of twins, and captures many facets of Kerala life.

17. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Graham Greene's The Quiet American. Featuring the street on which the protagonist and writer lived.

18. Kabul, Afghanistan - Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. The setting for this evocative tale of two boys set against the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy and the rise of the Taliban.

19. Hanging Rock, Australia - Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock. The real location of this classic novel.

20. New York, USA - JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Take a Holden Caulfield tour of NYC.

21. Monterey, USA - John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. The California street packed with Steinbeck resonance.

22. Mississippi River, USA - Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The mighty waterway, brimming with adventure and social significance.

23. Monroeville, Alabama, USA - Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. Lee's hometown, the inspiration for the setting of this classic novel.

24. Cartagena, Colombia - Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera. Exploring locations used in the novel by the iconic Colombian author.

25. Chile - Isabel Allende's The House of Spirits. Evocative novel set in unnamed place but believed to be Santiago under Pinochet.
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"A slam-dunk for bibliophile armchair travelers." Booklist 20190315
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"A slam-dunk for bibliophile armchair travelers." * Booklist *
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About Sarah Baxter

Sarah Baxter grew up in Norfolk, England and now lives in Bath. Her passion for travel and the great outdoors saw her traverse Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States before settling into a writing career. She was Associate Editor of Wanderlust magazine, the bible for independent-minded travellers, for more than ten years and has also written extensively on travel for a diverse range of other publications, including the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Independent newspapers. Sarah has also contributed to more than a dozen Lonely Planet guidebooks.

Amy Grimes is an illustrator based in London. Drawing inspiration from nature and the natural world, Amy's work often features bright and bold illustrated motifs, floral icons and leafy landscapes. As well as working on commissioned illustrations, Amy also sells prints, textiles and stationery under the brand of Hello Grimes.

Sarah is the author of the first book in the Inspired Traveller's Guide series, Spiritual Places, as well as A History of the World in 500 Walks and A History of the World in 500 Railway Journeys.
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