I love to travel as you all know already. I love armchair travel more than actually travelling to places. Reading books about places is even better than actually visiting those places – because it is cheaper, more convenient and you can get more information than you can even at that location. Also when you are travelling, you hardly have time to stop at one place and admire the beauty of that place or appreciate the history associated with it. This is more so when you spend $$$$ to visit a foreign country. I usually search for books about places that interest me and read about them. I have reviewed many travel books on this blog (you can check them in the “Old posts” page).
One country that I am really fascinated with is UK. I am desperate to visit London and Scotland there. One of the main reasons is reading about these places in books. I have read a lot about London in Harry Potter as a kid and would love to visit all the places mentioned in those books. My most favorite author – Enid Blyton is also from UK and I would definitely want to see her house. I want to see that one place which inspired her books. I am not planning to visit UK in the near future, but I did want to do some armchair travel through books.
So I picked few books about Enid Blyton and her cottage, which is supposedly on sale right now. I wanted to know more about her as a person and also wanted to know little bit more about her life – where she grew up, where she studied and such things. I also want to learn more about what inspired her to write such amazing books for children. I got myself two books on her. One was Enid Blyton: The biography by Barbara Stoney and this book has her complete bibliography – it has a list of all her books! That is just amazing as I am planning to read and collect every single book that she has written (which is probably close to impossible considering how prolific she was as a writer).
The other book I got was Enid Blyton at Old Thatch by Tess Livingstone – which mostly has photographs and small amount of text. I think I am going to like this book even more than her biography. I just can’t wait to get my hands on these books.
Now the one series which made me want to visit UK was Harry Potter series. So I got myself few “Harry Potter Places” books to help me learn about all the places which inspired J.K.Rowling. It also mentions cafes, restaurants that are her favorites, along with the places where the movies were shot. So basically, every single place in UK which is somehow related to Harry Potter. These books are full of some amazing pictures and descriptions. I am definitely going to treasure these forever. Also, these will help me if and when I plan a visit to UK.
Some of my other favorite authors are also from UK – J.R.R. tolkien who was a professor there, George Orwell and many more authors. I do want to read Tolkien’s biography soon. I read this book – “The bucket list of a traveloholic” by Sarika Pundit where the author goes on a literary trail in UK and thought that was an amazing thing to do. I recently watched a video somebody posted about how she was reading about her favorite authors and was planning to visit all the places associated with her favorite authors in UK. I was inspired after seeing that video to read up more about my favorite authors and places too.
And I was fascinated with Scotland even before I read Harry Potter series I think. I had subscribed to some mailing list long back, when I had first created an email account I think. I used to get pictures of some amazing Scotland castles and I so badly wanted to visit those castles.
It’s not just authors, UK also had some great scientists like Isaac Newton. So we also have Trinity college, Oxford University on our wishlist in UK.
Off topic, any idea why nobody reads Enid Blyton’s books in US, considering how popular she is outside US? I have always wondered that.
Have you read any good books about UK?