Explore literary Britain on World Book Day

Wolf HallDid you know today is World Book Day 2015? The imagination is a powerful thing and there’s nothing like a good book to transport you away into another life, another place or even another world. Sometimes authors illustrate their literary locations with maps, showcasing the fantasy worlds they are creating, such as in The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. At other times, you’ll be reading a book and feel a little thrill as some local spot or well-loved holiday memory is brought alive as it is woven into the book you are reading.

In other cases, places or buildings actually become synonymous with a book or author. Who can visit Stratford-Upon-Avon without thinking of William Shakespeare? Or visit London’s Kings Cross Station without wondering if there’s a platform 9 3/4 (there is now), thanks to the phenomenon of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books? From Thomas Hardy’s Dorset to Jane Austen’s Bath, there are dozens if not hundreds of places around Britain that have a literary connection.

We’ve put together eight maps, using our OS VectorMap products, showing places that are connected with a book or author – can you names them all? We’ve started you off with an easy one…post your answers on the blog.



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4 Responses

  1. Paul Hargreaves

    1. Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
    2. A.A. Milne – Winnie The Pooh
    3. Bronte Sisters
    4. Laurie Lee
    5. Beatrix Potter
    6. E.F Benson
    7. Arthur Conan Doyle –
    8. Bram Stoker

  2. David Hazelden

    1. Wolf Hall.
    2. Winnie the Pooh.
    3. The Bronte sisters.
    4. Cider with Rosie.
    5. Beatrix Potter.
    8. Dracula

  3. Neil Woolford

    1: DH Lawrence
    2: Thomas Hardy
    3: The Bronte sisters
    4: Laurie Lee
    5: Wordsworth
    6: Arthur Ransome
    7: Conan Doyle
    8: Bram Stoker

  4. Stefan Taylor

    1. Hilary Mantell – Wolf Hall
    2. A.A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh
    3. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
    4. Laurie Lee – Cider with Rosie
    5. Beatrix Potter – (range of titles)
    6. Enid Blyton – The children of Willow Farm
    7. Arthur Conan Doyle – any Sherlock Holmes title
    8. Bram Stoker – Dracula

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