Must-see places for UK book lovers include Haworth, the Brontë sisters’ home, Shakespeare’s Globe in London and 221B Baker Street, better known as the home of Sherlock Holmes.
A study of 2,000 literature lovers revealed the top 35 places to see made famous by authors or their books.
Other features include Jane Austen’s Chawton Cottage and the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford, which was visited by authors JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, who created the mystical kingdoms of Middle-earth and Narnia.
Sherwood Forest, with its historic connection to the legend of Robin Hood, and the Royal Shakespeare Theater in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, also feature in the top 35.
Darren Hardy, author and head of editorial programs at Amazon, who commissioned the research to launch the Kindle Storyteller Awardcelebrating the best self-published stories, said: “It’s such an exciting time to be in the independent publishing space.
“Iconic places such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the home of the Brontë sisters are of such cultural significance, and it’s great to see them feature so prominently in our research.”
Professor Elleke Boehmer, a leading figure in the field of English Literature at the University of Oxford, said: ‘The British Isles are rich in vital literary traditions which span time, from the period medieval and in space, branching out throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“In Britain you almost get the sense in certain literary places of the land, the trees and the surroundings still imbued with the presence of the writer, or a sense of how they interacted with the context – like the Coleridge’s Quantock Hills.
“The walks he took through these hills still exist today, and as we walk through them we can imagine him surveying the lines of his poetry, like ‘The Ancient Mariner’, gazing out over the Bristol Channel passing ships from all over the world.
“Some of my favorite literary sites, like Coleridge’s Nether Stowey, Brontës’ Haworth or DH Lawrence’s Eastwood, also feature truly wonderful and important houses where the rooms in which writers were born or wrote some of their key works, are preserved for all generations. »
The survey also revealed the country’s favorite British writers, with Charles Dickens, who can count Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol among his works, leading the way.
He was followed by Charlotte Brontë and George Orwell, while Emily Brontë and Virginia Woolf, legendary novelists who led the way with their literary classics including Wuthering Heights and Mrs Dalloway, were close behind.
On average, Britons read nine books a year, with story fans reading an average of 39 minutes a day.
But 53% wish they could bury themselves even longer in a book.
Immersion in another world (51%), developing the mind (48%) and improving knowledge (45%) were among the top reasons for enjoying reading.
When it comes to favorite genres, crime (30%) comes ahead of drama (28%), autobiography (26%) and action (21%).
But the study, conducted via OnePoll, found that book lovers are also avid writers.
More than a third (34%) enjoy writing as a hobby, with 61% writing for fun at least twice a week.
Amazon’s Darren Hardy added: “Not only are we a proud nation of book lovers with a rich literary history that stretches across the UK, but we are also very inspired to write with. which we come into contact.
“It’s amazing that so many people have been inspired to take up writing themselves after reading books, and it shows that writing is an accessible hobby for everyone.
“We’re bringing more authors to readers than ever before, and we can’t wait to see which stories will be submitted for this year’s Kindle Storyteller Award – perhaps some will have been inspired by some of our iconic literary landmarks and the authors who are related to them.”
The Kindle Storyteller Award is open for submissions until August 31, 2022
TOP 35 LITERARY PLACES – AS VOTED BY READERS
1. Haworth – home of the Brontë sisters, Emily, Charlotte and Anne
2. Shakespeare’s Globe, London
3. Jane Austen’s Chawton Cottage
4. 221B Baker Street – the home of Sherlock Holmes and the Sherlock Holmes Museum
5. The Eagle and Child Pub, where JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis both visited
6. Sherwood Forest
7. Shakespeare’s Royal Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
8. Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon
9. British Library, London
10. Dove Cottage in Grasmere, home of William Wordsworth
11. Hilltop House, home of Beatrix Potter
12. Whitby – setting for Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula
13. PoohSticks Bridge, Buckhurst Park Estate, East Sussex (associated with AA Milne)
14. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon
15. Chatsworth House, named in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
16. Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum, Portsmouth
17. The Jane Eyre Trail, Peak District
18. Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey
19. Greenway, Agatha Christie’s Devon Retreat
20. Roald Dahl’s Gypsy House, Great Missenden
21. Keats House, London
22. Birthplace of Thomas Hardy and Max Gate House, Dorset
23. Sedbergh Book Town, Lake District
24. Abbotsford, near Selkirk, Scotland, made famous by Walter Scott
25. Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne, Wales
26. John Rylands Library, Manchester
27. 48 Doughty Street, home of Charles Dickens
28. John Milton’s Cottage, Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire
29. Birthplace of DH Lawrence and Hagg Farm
30. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Manchester
31. Lamb House, Rye, East Sussex, associated with Henry James
32. Bateman’s, East Sussex, home of Rudyard Kipling
33. Shelley Lodge, Marlow, home of Mary Shelley
34. Woolwich and Central London, famously associated with Bernardine Evaristo
35. Coleridge Cottage, Nether Stowey, home of Samuel Taylor Coleridge