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 October 2017 | Hungary, Pest - Budapest

THROUGH MAGDA SZABO’S DOOR: Pest

House of Parliament, HungaryA visit to Budapest this year provided a small glimpse of the horrifying and repressive times Magda Szabo, the much-lauded Hungarian novelist, lived through. Read More »

30 August 2017 | USA, Washington

ASHES TO BEAUTY: LARGEST LIBRARY IN THE WORLD

Library of CongressIt might be a cathedral of marble pillars and vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and glinting gold. Or perhaps an art gallery adorned with murals and mosaics, statues and busts. But no. This is Read More »

29 July 2017 | Niagara Falls, North America

THE MESMERISING FALLS: NIAGARA

Niagara FallsFrom a distance it looked like a plume of thick smoke. Perhaps it was a fire – after all, it was the middle of summer. But no, it was Read More »

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 »

30 May 2017 | Kirstenbosch Gardens, South Africa

KIRSTENBOSCH GARDENS

My strelitzias have begun to bloom, a sign Kirstenbosch Gardens, South Africa Read More »

30 April 2017 | Australia, Melbourne, St Kilda Road

THE SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE

Shrine of Remembrance, MelbourneIt sits in an area of peace and emerald green lawns rising from Read More »

30 March 2017 | Australia, Mt Kosciuszko

NOTE ON A BALLAD

Track up Mt KosciuszkoBoulders lay strewn about. Patches of snow, softening in late spring’s gentle warmth, loosened their grip on alpine vegetation. And then we saw it: 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 January 2017 | Australia, Melbourne

THE OLDEST FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN AUSTRALIA: MELBOURNE

State Library VictoriaAlthough Sydney and Hobart were settled decades before Melbourne, the State Library of Victoria was the first free public library in Australia. It opened in 1856. 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 »