|Pages/Publication Date:||304 / 2018|
Though Jane Austen and Thomas Mann wrote novels that were set where they were staying (Lyme Regis and Venice, respectively), Victor Hugo penned Les Misérables in an attic in Guernsey, while that classic English play Blithe Spirit came from Noël Coward during a visit to the Welsh holiday village of Portmeirion. In this illustrated guide for real-world or armchair travelers, BBC dramatist and travel writer Adrian Mourby follows his literary heroes around the world. Whether the Brontës' Yorkshire Moors or the New York of Truman Capote, Christopher Isherwood's Berlin or the Edinburgh café where J.K. Rowling invented Harry Potter, Mourby explores why the writer was there and what the visitor can find today.
"What kind of place makes us creative? Adrian Mourby has examined the rooms where thoughts and characters were born that still resonate across the ages. A fascinating study."—Julian Fellowes