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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

Barnhill, Jura, Scotland

Barnhill, Jura, Scotland

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WRITERS often say that they’d like to be secluded in the middle of nowhere, with no connection to the outside world and all the time and head space they need to finish their book. And that’s exactly what George Orwell got when he moved to the remote island of Jura in the Scottish Hebrides in 1946. Having discussed with his ...
El Floridita, Havana, Cuba

El Floridita, Havana, Cuba

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SITUATED on Calle Obispo, one of the busiest streets in Old Havana, the bar now known as El Floridita originally opened in 1817 under the name La Piña de Plata (the Silver Pineapple). One hundred years later, the stream of US expats who frequented the establishment had convinced the owner to rename it El Florida, and then El Floridita, in ...
Mark Twain House, Hartford CT, USA

Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford CT, USA

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PRIOR to the completion of the 25-room, Gothic-style residence (that legend holds was designed in the image of a riverboat) in Hartford, Connecticut, Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was a persistent wanderer. Having grown up in poverty and supported himself entirely from the age of 12 years, this home represents a period of stability and success in the writer’s life. ...
Walden Pond, Concord, MA

Walden Pond, Concord, MA

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ELEVEN stone pillars and a plaque are all that remain to mark the site where transcendentalist author, Henry David Thoreau, spent two years, two months and two days experimenting with the simple life on the banks of Walden Pond. In his own words, Thoreau retreated from society to “live deliberately, [...] and not, when [he] came to die, discover that ...
Hanging Rock, Victoria, Australia

Hanging Rock, Victoria, Australia

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ESTIMATED to be more than six million years old, Mount Diogenes – also known as Hanging Rock – is a volcanic mamelon, created when the earth’s magma leaked through the crust and cooled into a solid mass. The cooling process created the cracked columns, and extensive weathering wore the rocks into the formation they take today. The ‘hanging’ rock specifically ...
Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France

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"Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise." WRITTEN above the doorway to the reading library of Shakespeare and Company bookshop, this quote describes the foundation upon which George Whitman, the store’s founder, built his business. Having also described the store as a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore”, George was not a conventional capitalist, preferring to ...
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 ...

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 ...