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The Best Books About All Fifty States -Part 1

The Best Books About All Fifty States -Part 1

Each country has its classic novel, the book that epitomises the place and creates an atmosphere so vivid you can imagine yourself there, even when you’ve never been before in real life. Not all writer’s have the ability to create a sense of place, to integrate a location in a way that feels authentic and exciting. Books are the ultimate way to travel in your head, and can be the perfect guide when you’re planning your next IRL trip.  The 50 states that make up the union are no different. You may not be able to visit all them before you die, but you can definitely read about them. Over the course of a few articles, we will round up...

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10 Classic "Beach Reads": Your Essential Holiday Escape Guide!

10 Classic "Beach Reads": Your Essential Holiday Escape Guide!

The essential part of any holiday is grabbing a good novel at the bookshop or the airport before you go. For some, it’s an escapist romance or a gripping crime thriller. But what if fizzing rom-coms or murderous plots don’t exact meet your reading criteria?   Here is my list of the top 10 classic reads that will keep you entertained on your sun lounger and still scratch that literary itch!   If you love an atmospheric mystery….     Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier   This book has it all - set in the gothic and eerie Manderley, a manor house on the wild shore of Cornwall, the young protagonist is swept up in a holiday romance with a...

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Marilyn Monroe’s Literary Life

Marilyn Monroe’s Literary Life

  Beyond the movie magic and bleach blond waves, it is now well known that Marilyn Monroe had an intellectual side - a love of literature and a deep yearning for knowledge. As she matured, her collection of books grew into a huge library. Her favourite book was reportedly Ulysses by James Joyce.   Marilyn in Amagassett, reading her favourite book   Typecast by Hollywood, Marilyn lacked true fulfilment in the superficial and sometimes brutal world of celluloid. The movies had cemented her status as a beautiful blonde with few brains. To this day, her image is mostly associated with a kind of vapid beauty: bleach blonde hair, porcelain skin and big doe eyes. But this was merely a star...

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Books To Read Before You Travel To…

Books To Read Before You Travel To…

One of the best ways to feel more immersed in a culture before you travel is to read about it! Go beyond the blogs, Google reviews and travel influencers with fiction classics that are truly “transportive”. Delving into another culture through literature is a great way to connect with the place you are visiting, beyond the typical tourist trail. Here are a few of my favourite picks to inspire you for your next big trip!   ….Japan   Murakami is probably Japan's biggest literary export, his book having been widely translated and even made into movies. His books can be complex, even difficult at times. Reading a Murakami book for the first time could even be likened to being in...

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10 Classic Baby Names From Literature

10 Classic Baby Names From Literature

Choosing a baby name can feel like an impossible task. It has to be unique, yet not so unique that it is unpronounceable or will make your child an object of ridicule in school. Names rise and fall in popularity, most usually a particular celebrity or tv show is dominating the headlines. One inspiration for naming your baby could be classic literature. Many of these names perfectly skirt the line between memorable and classic. Whilst they may not sound as modern or unique as the current trendy baby names, you can be sure that they will stand the test of time.   Anaïs Literary Inspiration: The French-Cuban Writer Anaïs Nin. French, pronounced Ah-nai-eece. Whilst it doesn’t have the easiest pronunciation,...

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The Best Food in Classic Literature

The Best Food in Classic Literature

Ernest Hemingway - A Moveable Feast   Oysters and white wine "As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans." A Moveable Feast Quote Print If you’re not a fan of shellfish, this passage in Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast might just change your mind. Even if you’re not convinced, you will come away from this paragraph feeling like you were with...

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Top Literary Travel Destinations - Part 1

Top Literary Travel Destinations - Part 1

It’s summer - and that means summer holidays! Whether you are planning a two-week break or just a weekend getaway, why not seek out some literary inspiration for your travels? Walk in the footsteps of your favourite writers and soak up the sites that inspired their great works of literature.   Even though most of these authors lived a long time ago, they have left their stamp on some of the world’s most beautiful travel spots.   Read on for our guide to my top literary travel trips!   F. Scott Fitzgerald - Côte D’Azur   As one of the 1920s “bright young things”, Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda frequented one of the hottest locales of their day - namely...

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