Books about Town

The National Literary Trust is running a new project this summer: Books about Town. Hoping to encourage readers to sit down with a good book, books as diverse as Mary Poppins, The Wind in the Willows and Agatha Christie’s various Poirot adventures are being re-imagined as a limited series of eye-catching benches dotted about London. The plan is to then sell them off at a later date to raise money for the Trust, who are an independent charity dedicated to tackling illiteracy.

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The project’s website went live on 2nd July include maps of where to find these wonderful pieces. And it’s not just about benches: there will be a series of events taking place such as an attempt to break the world record for the most number of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes, next to the Arthur Conan Doyle-inspired bench outside UCL. Next to her bench by St Paul’s, Mary Poppins will be doing a book giveaway and the cast of 1984 theatre production will be appearing by their bench in August.

The bench I’ll be hunting down is Paddington Bear by A&B’s Michael Bond:

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So Londoners keep your eyes peeled this summer and try to find a literary bench! Now where’s my deerstalker. . .

Sophie, Editorial Administrator

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