Author Caroline Taggart writes an article for The Telegraph Arts (18 June 2021) exploring what British literary locations and heritage sites make up the perfect ‘literary staycation’. It features extracts from the book and locations that bibliophiles can visit this summer.
The book, published 17 June to coincide with Independent Bookshop Week, has received a huge amount of support from independent booksellers and retailers.
The blurb reads:
From the Brontë parsonage in Haworth to Waugh’s Castle Howard; from Beatrix Potter’s Lake District, Shakespeare’s Stratford and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Edinburgh, there are gardens, monuments, museums, churches and a surprising quantity of stained glass. There are walks both urban and rural, where you can explore real landscapes or imaginary haberdasher’s shops.
Caroline Taggart takes us through over 70 literary hotspots across eight regions of Great Britain, pausing to discuss their significance both between the pages and beneath our shoes. While we can’t yet get out and enjoy these spaces ourselves, Caroline perfectly captures the details and historical significance of each place, meaning we’re able to visit from the comfort of our armchairs and plan our routes for a Great British Staycation this Summer.
You can start in Cornwall and work your way up to the Gateway to the Scottish Highlands, taking detours to Northern Ireland in the west and Norfolk in the east – or you can drop in on the place nearest to you. Wherever you are in the United Kingdom, Caroline proves you’re never far from something associated with a good book.
Entries include: William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in Grasmere, Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, A.A. Milne’s Ashdown Forest, the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood, George Eliot’s Stamford, Dylan Thomas’s Laugharne, J.M. Barrie’s Kirriemuir and many more.
Caroline Taggart worked in publishing for many years before being asked to write I Used to Know That, which became a Sunday Times bestseller. Since then she has written over 30 books, most of them about words and the English language, but also including Around Britain by Cake, for which she travelled the country finding out about (and sampling) regional cakes; The Book of English Places and The Book of London Place Names. Her most recent is 500 Beautiful Words You Should Know. She has appeared frequently on television and radio, talking about language, grammar and whether or not Druids Cross should have an apostrophe and, if so, where it should go.