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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

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park CO, USA

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park CO, USA

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AT THE beginning of the 20th Century, Estes Park was a small community made up primarily of ranchers and pasturalists. That all changed in 1907, however, when entrepreneur Freelan Oscar Stanley decided to turn it into a resort town. Having been diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1881, Stanley experienced a resurgence of the disease in 1903, and decided, with his wife ...
Central Park pond, New York, USA

South Pond, Central Park NY, USA

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AS A large body of water, located in one of the world’s most well-known parks, Central Park’s South Pond really needs little introduction. It was included in the original park layout, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1858 and made use of a low-lying area of swampland. By making the most of this natural landscape, the two ...
K on Sun statue, Prague, Czech Republic

K on Sun statue, Prague, Czech Republic

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THE STATUE, K on Sun, is a work by satirical Czech artist, David Czerny, that depicts a giant bust of the famed Czech author, Franz Kafka. It is located in central Prague, near to the office building in which Kafka worked his day job for an insurance company, and in front of the Quadrio business centre, which financed the work. ...
Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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DATING back to 1592, the library at Trinity College in Dublin is the largest library in Ireland, and the only library in the country to hold status as a legal deposit library (meaning that it is entitled to receive a complimentary copy of every book published) in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. Since receiving that status in 1801, its ...
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 ...
Alice in Wonderland, Central Park NY, USA

Alice in Wonderland, Central Park NY, USA

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THE STATUE of Alice in Wonderland in New York’s Central Park was built in 1959 and is now one of the park’s most recognisable icons. Commissioned by the native-born New York publisher, George Delacorte, as a memorial for his late wife, Margarita, the statue stands nearly 11’ (c. 3m) tall and depicts Alice seated on a large mushroom. She is ...
Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark

Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark

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Gentlemen, you are welcome to Elsinore. SO SPOKE Hamlet, Prince of Denmark to his friends-turned-spies, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Shakespeare’s tragic play, Hamlet. Based upon the ancient Norse story of Amleth, a prince of the Jutes whose father was murdered by his uncle in order to take the throne and marry the queen, Shakespeare moved his tale from Jutland to ...
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 ...

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 ...