I once used a guide such as this to travel around the UK. Not only was it a wonderful way to see the country but also the connection to some of my favourite writers was truly heightened. The thatched cottage where Thomas Hardy was born still requires a 10 minute walk through the woods, although in his day it was a six mile walk to and from school in Dorchester. There are 120 places such as this listed and for each there are contact details, travel info and a useful website.
Literary Britain and Ireland features more than 100 locations associated with the world's leading authors. From the tower at Sissinghurst where Vita Sackville-West wrote her books and the gardens that inspired Beatrix Potter's children's stories in the Lake District, to the Suffolk coastline that provides the setting for many of P.D. James's novels and the fictional platform at Kings Cross where J.K. Rowling put Harry Potter on a train to Hogwarts, this book is an essential guide to Britain and Ireland's most fascinating, beautiful and inspiring houses, gardens, cafes, railway stations and so much more. Beautifully illustrated, each entry includes: a short essay putting the location or city in its literary and historical context; key authors and locations associated with the place under discussion and useful contact details and travel link.