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Jo Cahill

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Jo's love of travel has taken her to far flung countries across the globe, and her love of books has seen her exploring even more distant times and places. Beyond the Lamp Post brings together these two passions, helping readers and travellers to explore the lives of their favourite authors and characters, through the places that inspired them.

Destinations

Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

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KNOWN to generations of Oxford students as ‘the Bod’, the Bodleian Library was named for its original patron, Sir Thomas Bodley, who established the library in 1602. In doing so, he took upon himself the refurbishment of a former library that had fallen into disuse – Duke Humphrey’s Library above the Divinity School. That room was initially built in the ...
Anne Frank Huis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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A GIFT for her 13th birthday, Anne Frank’s diary has painted a human face on the Nazi occupation of Europe and the experience of Jewish families during the Holocaust for people all over the world. The tiny hidden space above her father’s office where the Frank family and four other people remained hidden for more than two years, has been ...
Keats House, Hampstead, London

Keats House, London, UK

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ROMANTIC poet John Keats may have lived in this house for less than two years, but when you only live to be 25 years old that’s not an insignificant amount of time. Add in the fact that this was where Keats met his fiancée, Fanny Brawne, and was most productive in his writing, and it’s not difficult to see why ...
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London

Shakespeare’s Globe, London, UK

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NAMED for the famed playwright, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is only an approximation of the building in which the Bard’s plays were originally performed. Excavations of the original Globe Theatre’s foundations reveal that the building, built in 1599, was located 230m away from the present site; on the bank of the now much-narrower Thames river. Despite its slightly altered ...
Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth, UK

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth, UK

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FAMED for the desolate and isolated settings of their novels, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte’s family home is located against a backdrop familiar to their readers. Built in 1778-79 for the vicar of St. Michael and All Angels Church in the village of Haworth, the parsonage became the home of Patrick and Maria Bronte, along with their six children, in ...
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, London

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, London, UK

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SITUATED down an alley in the heart of Fleet Street, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese has had a long association with the written word. Although the majority of the newspapermen have now moved out of the City, the Cheese, and its literary connections, remains. The sign on the front of the building advertises that it was rebuilt in 1667, after the ...
Casa di Giulietta, Verona, Italy

Juliet’s House, Verona, Italy

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“For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” SO WROTE William Shakespeare in the 1590s. More than 400 years later, it continues to cause woe as scholars and tourists alike debate the extent to which the star-crossed lovers’ misadventures are true. The house in Via Capello was constructed in the 14th Century, and ...
Jane Austen's House, Chawton.

Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, UK

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JANE Austen, author of six novels including Emma and Pride & Prejudice, lived at Chawton Cottage between 1809 and 1817. The property belonged to her brother, Edward, who resided at Chawton House nearby and was gifted to Jane, her mother, and her sister, Cassandra. The women’s friend, Martha Lloyd, also lived with them. In a previous incarnation, Chawton Cottage was ...
Bella Italia Restaurant, Port Angeles

Bella Italia, Port Angeles WA, USA

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BELLA Italia is an Italian restaurant in Port Angeles, Washington. Although the town’s population is only around 20,000 people, its name may be familiar, particularly if you have read any of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight saga. Based primarily in the small town of Forks, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the series’ characters sometimes travel to the larger town of ...
Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid. Copehagen Harbour, Denmark.

The Little Mermaid statue, Copenhagen, Denmark

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The statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen Harbour is Denmark’s top tourist attraction, and therefore needs very little introduction. Based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, in which a mermaid falls in love with a human and chooses to give up her immortality for a chance at love, The Little Mermaid sits patiently on a rock beside the ...

Blog Posts

Where Should I Read Next?

Where Should I Read Next?

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Lover of books? Lover of travel? Interested in uniting those loves by reading books from around the world? Stuck with a bookcase of stories from the UK and North America and no leads into world literature? I get it. In 2013, I left my job to backpack around the world. Before I went, I tried to transition my bookcase full ...
Kensington Gardens

Four London suburbs popular with authors

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London has long been a metropolitan hub, with immigrants making their way to the city dubbed “The Centre of the World” for hundreds of years. With such an expansive history, it is no wonder that so many of the English-speaking world’s literary greats have lived in the city, and been inspired by their experiences there. Among the sixteen authors whose ...
Primrose Hill, London

Book lovers, don’t waste your time in London

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When I arrived in London in May 2014, I was intending to stay for a while. Years, maybe. I figured I had time to ease myself into the city, and to slowly explore the tiny threads that make up the fabric of its history. I already knew that so many of my favourite literary figures had lived, visited, performed or ...