South West Camper Hire Celebrates National Read a Book Day
We know. There's a national day for literally everything. Though, given how ‘plugged in' we are these days, we're quite pleased a big fuss is being made over turning off all that technology and picking up a book.
We choose to celebrate the only way we know how – by gloating about the wonderful things the South West has to offer regarding all things literary.
Whether they lived here for decades, or just stayed for a number of days, the following have all been inspired by this most beautiful part of England:
- Ted Hughes: Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998, Hughes lived in North Devon from 1961 until his passing. His memory can be celebrated meandering around the poetry trail at Stover Country Park, or hiking to his memorial stone on Belstone in Dartmoor.
- Agatha Christie: A true gem of the South West, Christie was born in Torquay in 1890, she spent a happy childhood alternating her time between Devon and West London. You can visit this infamous author's summer residence, which she purchased with her second husband in 1938 – the stunning Greenway Estate, on the River Dart.
- Charles Dickens: He frequented Exeter and ended up using places such as the Turks Head on Exeter High Street as a well of inspiration. Mill End Cottage, which he leased for his parents in 1839, can be found on Church Road, Alphington, Exeter.
This is just a handful – more can be found in a comprehensive guide collated by the BBC.
OK, so we don't have Hay-on-Wye, but we do still have some wonderfully quirky independent book shops that are definitely worth a trip to if you happen to be passing by:
- Archway Bookshop in Axminster, Devon. This beautiful bookshop can be found within a Grade II listed building, framed by a stone arch believed to be originally from Newenham Abbey.
- Bookshelf in Saltash, Cornwall. This is listed as the top shopping attraction in Saltash. Now this may be partly because Saltash is not particularly well known for its shops, or because the owners had the foresight to pop a tearoom on the first floor.
If you wish to keep reading, click here to find a plethora of places to go.