Rooms of One’s Own (Paperback)
50 Places That Made Literary History
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Writers’ relationships with their surroundings are seldom straightforward. While some, like Jane Austen and Thomas Mann, wrote novels set where they were staying (Lyme Regis and Venice respectively), Victor Hugo penned Les Misérables in an attic in Guernsey and Noël Coward wrote that most English of plays, Blithe Spirit, in the Welsh holiday village of Portmeirion.
Award-winning BBC drama producer Adrian Mourby follows his literary heroes around the world, exploring 50 places where great works of literature first saw the light of day. At each destination – from the Brontës’ Yorkshire Moors to the New York of Truman Capote, Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin to the now-legendary Edinburgh café where J.K. Rowling plotted Harry Potter’s first adventures – Mourby explains what the writer was doing there and describes what the visitor can find today of that great moment in literature.
Rooms of One’s Own takes you on a literary journey from the British Isles to Paris, Berlin, New Orleans, New York and Bangkok and unearths the real-life places behind our best-loved works of literature.
‘A fine selection of quick essays concerning where great writers wrote.’
‘A valuable little book that should really be treasured for providing huge amounts of insight without the reader having to go anywhere at all.’
‘Adrian Mourby has a delightful way about him. His writing is warm and characterful.’
‘Insightful & beautifully packaged.’
‘The content of this book is really awesome.’
‘This is a lovely little book to sit down with and fly around the world from your armchair.’
‘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
‘[Adrian Mourby’s books are] indispensible holiday companions.’ Monocle magazine