Diana Lawrenson

— Writer —

Diana Lawrenson Pages to Places Blog

Welcome to my blog that takes you from pages to places. Come and discover some quirky, little-known, or loose-but-relevant links from books to places around the world. You might even like to add a book suggestion of your own to the topic.

30 June 2017 | England, Hampshire & Bath

JANE AUSTEN: COMPLIMENT AND CONTROVERSY

Two hundred years ago, on July 18th, 1817, Jane Austen died. Only four people attended her funeral Read More »

28 February 2017 | England, London, The Strand

TEA AND READING

Chinese tea setUntil reading Tea: the drink that changed the world by Laura C. Martin I drank tea every day and didn’t really think about it. But this book and others like it have opened my eyes to issues surrounding tea’s arrival in the West: Read More »

30 December 2016 | England, Winchester

THIS CITY’S BUILT FOR WALKING: WINCHESTER

 

Hospital of St Cross, WinchesterWinchester is rich with pages of history and novels from the Iron Age to Jane Austen. William the Conqueror began Read More »

30 October 2016 | Chelsea, England

THE CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN – DOCTORS’ EDEN

Chelsea physic Harden

Dr Seuss wasn’t a doctor, although a US medical school is named after him and his wife. Drs No, Dolittle,  Read More »

30 August 2016 | England, London

FROM A BOBBY TO A BROOM CUPBOARD

Britain's Smallest Police StationIt’s occupied one of London’s most well-known spots for almost two hundred years, yet you may never have noticed it. Think Mr Plod or Adam Dalgliesh or  Read More »

30 June 2016 | England, Pooh Bridge, Sussex

WINNIE THE POOH: SUSSEX

Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh CornerA few weeks ago Winnie the Pooh staged a comeback to celebrate both his and the Queen’s 90th birthdays. While Britain fluttered with Union Jacks and honoured Queen Elizabeth with bonfires, street and pub parties, Winnie the Pooh’s brand new story Read More »

15 March 2016 | Cornwall, England

KING ARTHUR, TANTALISING MYSTERY: TINTAGEL, CORNWALL

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

It’s a long climb up the coastal hills of Cornwall with the wind buffeting us from the Atlantic Ocean and waves smashing into rocky cliffs below. Timber stairways with handrails traverse the trickiest parts Read More »

15 September 2015 | England, London

SAMUEL JOHNSON AND HIS CAT: LONDON

Oysters? Every day? For a cat! Oysters were the normal fare for Hodge, Samuel Johnson’s beloved cat, although it has to be said in the eighteenth century oysters in London… Read More »