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 May 2016 | Australia, Malvern, Victoria

MALVERN: BOOKSHOP RECORD?

Malvern town Hall, Victoria

Malvern Town Hall

It must be some sort of record, although nobody can quite say, or at least be sure.

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15 May 2016 | Robben Island, South Africa

ROBBEN ISLAND: REMINDER OF THE PAST

Robben Island wharf, South AfricaNelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, is on my bookshelf, but it was not until I’d visited the infamous Read More »

30 April 2016 | Australia, Broome

BROOME: PEARL OF A PLACE FOR BIRDS

Broome, Western AustraliaIn her autobiography The Master Pearler’s Daughter, Rosemary Hemphill, better known for the herb business she later created, writes richly of her childhood and family. Her long route home from boarding school in Perth was not Read More »

15 April 2016 | New Zealand, Wellington

ANZAC WAXWORKS: WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

ANZAC Nurse Te Papa Museum NZIt’s not Madame Tussaud’s and yet it is a chamber of horrors. Not a wreath-surrounded cenotaph nor a minute’s silent memorial, but a Read More »

30 March 2016 | Italy, Verona

JULIET’S BALCONY: VERONA

Juliet's Balcony, VeronaThe story of the feuding Capulets and Montagues was known in Italy long before Shakespeare wrote his play. I imagined the highlight 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 »

29 February 2016 | Germany, Munich

BLUTENBURG CASTLE – FEEDING CHILDREN’S MINDS: MUNICH

Blutenburg CastleCastle Blutenburg in Munich is part of an extraordinary story of courage, perceptiveness and vision. And books. Read More »

15 February 2016 | Italy, Milan

LA SCALA – PLEASURE AND PERIL: MILAN

When our travel dates to Milan changed unexpectedly,La Scala Milan we discovered Read More »

30 January 2016 | Kuaotunu, New Zealand

HEAVENS ABOVE AND GOLD BELOW: KUAOTUNU

Until my book group read The Colour Stargazers Observatory, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealandby Rose Tremain, I had no idea Read More »

15 January 2016 | Moscow, Russia

EGGS AND SPOONS, SHOES AND DIAMONDS: MOSCOW

Kremlin across river, MoscowThe hotel receptionist took our passports from us, briskly saying they’d be returned when we checked out. Noticing my apprehension the trader’s bodyguard Read More »