Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape

Author Oliver Tearle Published by John Murray ISBN 9781473666016 EAN 9781473666016 Cover Hardback


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What caused Dickens to leap out of bed one night and walk 30 miles from London to Kent? How did a small town on the Welsh borders become the second-hand bookshop capital of the world? Why did a jellyfish persuade Evelyn Waugh to abandon his suicide attempt in North Wales? A multitude of curious questions are answered in ‘Britain by the Book’, a fascinating travelogue with a literary theme, taking in unusual writers’ haunts and the surprising places that inspired some of our favourite fictional locations. We’ll learn why Thomas Hardy was buried twice, how a librarian in Manchester invented the thesaurus as a means of coping with depression, and why Agatha Christie was investigated by MI5 during the Second World War.


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