The Inspiration behind our Best loved Books

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is well. Todays’ post is going to be about UK Cities or towns that feature in books. What location as the inspiration behind those books that we love so much? There will be an upcoming post that features places around the world that features in books.

But back to today’s post…

One thing you can never say about the UK is that we lack literary history. The UK as been the inspiration for many talented writers, with the wealth of geological places of interest that are not only stunningly beautiful but also rich in history too.

From the bright lights of London, the sheer artistry of the Yorkshire countryside, but… If you want a more piece and quite vibe with amazing views to go with it then The Lake District is the place to be or have the alluring beauty of the Scottish Highlands. There is no denying that the Uk has influenced some of the most important pieces of British Literary work.

You may think to yourself where are these influential destinations and what works were born?

Cities and Towns behind our Best Loved Books

Edinburgh, Scotland

London is the most inspirational place in England, which makes Edinburgh the most inspirational location north of the border, it just oozes with literary history. The National Geographic shows that this has become the home to more than 500 novels, amongst them you will find, some are phenomenally successful.

From Robert Burns’ poetry in the 1700s, to the works of Irvine Welsh which includes the very memorable Trainspotting, and  can forget the extraordinarily successful crime series author Ian Rankin, who produced 20 book that are centred around Detective Inspector John Rebus and his crime fighting in Edinburgh’s underworld,  

Many tourists flock to the café where J.K. Rowling who had dreamt up the wizarding world of Harry Potter, but this Scottish capital has so much more to offer. It is the UNESCO City of Literature and it is the birthplace of Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and it the place where Ian Rankin’s detective series was created.

They celebrate the world of literature in August by holding the Edinburgh International Book Festival which invites writers from all around the world to come for several week for talks and events.

Most Loved Book(s): John Rebus Series

Five Books set in Scotland
  • The Night Calls by David Pirie
  • One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  • Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin

Fowey, England

Fowey is situated in Cornwall, and it is an exceedingly small town that has inspired a significant amount of very exceptional thriller novels. Dame Daphne du Maurier was a successful novelist who wrote The Birds, Jamaica Inn, Scapegoat, and the Oscar winning adaption Rebecca. All of these were inspired by the beauty of the Cornish coast, in particular The Birds. Which director Alfred Hitchcock had captured its true beauty on camera? Jamaica Inn was inspired by a hotel that had the same name in the little quaint town of Fowey which she had visited often

Most Loved Book: Rebecca

Five Books set in Cornwall
  • Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas
  • The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
  • Ingo by Helen Dunmore
  • Under a Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick
  • The Letter by Ruth Saberton

Gwynedd, Wales

Gwynedd is a county in the north west part of Wales which was named after the old kingdom. It is home to such places as the beautiful mountainous Snowdonia’s national park. This has amazing views with some exceptional scenic landscape which inspired the works of art by authors such as Sharon Kay Penman who had wrote the historical novel Here Be Dragons. It sets the tone as it follows the princes of Gwynedd and the monarchs of England. At the centre of the novel is the stunning countryside of Gwynedd, which plays a key factor in this medieval story that is set in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Most Loved Book: Here Be Dragons

Five Books set in Wales

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Missing Hours by Emma Kennedy
  • Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas
  • The Lie by C L Taylor
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Haworth, England

Haworth is a village just outside the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire. It as an amazing setting with an alluring landscape that was to be the main inspiration behind the works of the Brontë sisters, the sisters’ were very talented and exceptionally gifted who had written a significant amount of classic novels during the 1800s. This charmingly but remote area in West Yorkshire inspired the uniqueness of both the gothic and poetic setting for Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s Agnes Grey 

For anyone that is a true Brontë fan there is an amazing museum for the whole family, where you are transported  back in time, from the moment you step through its doors, and as well as that there is a 44 mile Brontë picturesque walking trail.

Most Loved Books: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights

Five Books set in West Yorkshire

  • The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley
  • A Snapshot of Murder by Frances Brody
  • The Railway Children by E Nesbit
  • A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

London, England

This is one of the most iconic locations in literary history, It is so obvious that there would be just to many to keep count of, and certainly to many to list every single author going, and not to mention every piece of fiction that has been inspired by this humungous city.

This industrial city sets the scene of exceptional beauty with its picturesque undertones that will end up end up being the works of Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle with a series of Sherlock Holmes stories. From Fitzroy Tavern to Keats House and from 221B Baker Street to the Globe Theatre, a list of literary tourists just goes on and on.

In todays modern age it is hard to go anywhere that does not feature the works of J.K. Rowling, to be more specific the Harry Potter Series, with their many Hogwarts adventures. From Platform 9 ¾, to  the Millennium Bridge, from Diagon Alley, to the Lambeth Bridge, the amount of Harry Potter based locations is extensive and is definitely a must visit for families and anyone obsessed with the wizarding world  of Harry Potter.

Most Loved Book(s): Harry Potter series

Five Books set in London

  • How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

The Lake District, England

The Lake District just screams with natural beauty and you can see why it is undoubtably one of Cumbria’s most idyllic setting for inspiration, so there is no surprise that over the years it has inspired a number of literary works. You have romantic poets of the 1700s which included William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, and Samuel Coleridge whose homes you can still visit today in Cockermouth. Then there’s Arthur Ransome who wrote Swallows and Amazons book series that was set in the Lake District and of course not forgetting the hugely successful and most iconic Beatrix Potter who created the most famous Peter Rabbit.

Most Loved Books: The Peter Rabbit Series

Five Books set in Cumbria
  • The Windermere Witness by Rebecca Tope
  • A Cry in the Night by Tom Grieves
  • Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch
  • Death in the Lakes by Graham Smith
  • The Curator by M. W. Craven

Torquay, England

Devon has become the perfect location to many books so it’s not surprising to see that it had become the perfect setting and the inspiration behind the UK’s Agatha Christie, who was the creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. Even though she would spend most of her time travelling the world with her archaeologist husband.

During the summer she would spend her days completing her books at her summer home on the outskirts of Torquay. This beautiful location had inspired her many characters and became the setting for her many novels. Throughout her work, she would reference some of Devon’s landmarks which are all still standing today.

Most Loved Book: And Then There Were None

Five Books set in Devon
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.
  • The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert.
  • The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
  • The A.B.C Murders by Agatha Christie.

Whitby, England

Whitby is a beautiful seaside town, that is on the coast of North Yorkshire. Well… after saying that, it is hard to imagine that this beautiful place became the inspiration to one of the most gothic novels ever written.

He came to visit Whitby to decide on whether this is was a good holiday, but there were no worries there, as the writer Bram Stoker loved the atmosphere the town destination had to offer. Whilst his stay in Whitby he had gone along to the library and it was there he found a history book that had the only reference to the name Dracula, and it was from there that he had gained inspiration for both the character and the connection to the Abbey which can be found in 1897 classic Dracula.

Since then this town has kept up with its gothic association. Till this day Whitby hosts a Goth Weekend that sees hundreds of people dressed up in gothic attire, this occurs twice a year, while October marks the annual Bram Stoker’s Film Festival.

Most Loved Book: Dracula

Five Books set in North Yorkshire
  • The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson
  • The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
  • Gods Own Country by Ross Raisin
  • Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Thankyou for taking the time to read my post. See you all next time

2 thoughts on “The Inspiration behind our Best loved Books”

  1. Wow that was ace. Thank you for taking the time to pull all that together from around the country. It’s really helped me visualise where I live through literature 🤓


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