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From 221B Baker Street to the Old Curiosity Shop: A Guide to London's Famous Literary Landmarks [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Halliday
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London in unrivalled as a source of inspiration for writers from Geoffrey Chaucer to J K Rowling. From 221B Baker Street to the Old Curiosity Shop will explore the capital both from the viewpiont of the many writers who have used it as a stage for their plots and their characters; and of the readers whose imagination is fired by the knowledge that they are standing outside the home of David Copperfield on the Strand or Count Dracula's residence in Piccadilly. All of London's fictional clubs, pubs, restaurants, houses and streets that have been made famous in the works of the like of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming, Charles Dickens and Evelyn Waugh are featured in this exhaustively researched volume. Listed geographically and alphabetically, each entry provides a description of the location, its place in literature and its inspiration. From Fleming's legendary Blades Club in Mayfair, that made appearances in both Moonraker and Goldfinger, to Waugh's bohemian Shepheard's Hotel from Vile Bodies, that was based on the celebrated Cavendish Hotel, to the haunts of Sherlock Holmes and Bertie Wooster, From 221B Baker Street to the Old Curiosity Shop will appeal to all lovers of classic fiction set in the great city.

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About the Author

Stephen Halliday is a writer, lecturer, and broadcaster with a particular interest in Victorian London. His books include "Amazing and Extraordinary Facts: The Olympics," "The Great Filth," and "Newgate: London's Prototype of Hell."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AZ17TOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #914,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Made an excellent pressie for a travel loving bookworm!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Guide To Destinations In London 8 May 2014
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Halliday knows equally well the streets and boroughs of London and British literature. Taking excerpts from various literary work going back to Chaucer, he identifies places and scenes one can still visit which inspired former and present authors. He is especially adept at locating scenes from Dickens, for example Marshalsea Prison in Southwark where he places the action of Little Dorit and where his own father was incarcerated in 1824. Included of course are poets such as T. S. Eliot, Wordsworth, and Keats, as well as Chaucer. The book is well organized, extremely well written, with photos of places, inns, pubs, and churches still standing which one can visit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating tour of landmarks from literary England 24 Dec. 2013
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I've visited Great Britain over a dozen times, having been to many of the sites listed in this book and look forward visiting others of which I've read in books. The history, origins, and current status of these sites is amazing. I highly recommend this book.
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