British Library Publishing is releasing The Booklover's Bucket List: A Tour of Great British Literature, to highlight literary hotspots across the country, written by Caroline Taggart with a foreword by Tracy Chevalier.
It is publishing on 17th June to coincide with Independent Bookshop Week (IBW), which runs from 19th June to 26th June. Entries include William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in Grasmere, Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, A A Milne’s Ashdown Forest, the D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood, George Eliot’s Stamford, Dylan Thomas’s Laugharne, J M Barrie’s Kirriemuir and many more.
The British Library said: "Caroline Taggart takes us through over 70 literary hotspots across eight regions of Great Britain, pausing to discuss their significance both between the pages and beneath our shoes. While we can’t yet get out and enjoy these spaces ourselves, Caroline perfectly captures the details and historical significance of each place, meaning we’re able to visit from the comfort of our armchairs and plan our routes for a Great British staycation this summer.
"You can start in Cornwall and work your way up to the Gateway to the Scottish Highlands, taking detours to Northern Ireland in the west and Norfolk in the east – or you can drop in on the place nearest to you. Wherever you are in the United Kingdom, Caroline proves you’re never far from something associated with a good book."
British Library Publishing says it has sold more than 1,000 copies into the trade. Indies, alongside Blackwell's, will be displaying the title for IBW.
Taggart worked in publishing for many years before being asked to write I Used to Know That (Michael O'Mara), which became a Sunday Times bestseller. Since then she has written more than 30 books, most of them about words and the English language.