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Bournemouth’s Literary Notoriety


  Promenading along Bournemouth's beaches on a sunny day is a delight, and, when you are basking in the Dorset coast’s enchanting light, it is easy to see why so many writers were inspired by the area. Numerous novels have featured Bournemouth over the years. For example, James Herbert's The Fog has the town's population running into the sea to their death. Ok, so that's not the most obvious testimony to the area’s natural beauty; fortunately horror is just one of many genres represented by the town. Perhaps more poetic justice is given to the area by the slightly cheerier works of Wessex Man, Thomas Hardy. Bournemouth is known as Sandbourne in Hardy's novels and Hardy himself described the town as a “Mediterranean lounging place on the 95d39/huch/1902/07English Channel”. One of my favourite authors Robert Louis Stevenson settled in Bournemouth between 1884 and 1887. Despite being in poor health, he wrote Jekyll and Hyde and Kidnapped among eight titles in this fertile period. Stevenson’s various domiciles include the Highcliffe Hotel, West Cliff Gardens and Branksome Park. So if you want to pay homage to him, you know where to go. JRR Tolkien's attachment to the town, meanwhile, also came quite late on in his life, but it gave him the opportunity to retire from public life at a time when he was becoming less and less keen on how 1960s alternative culture was adopting his books! Bournemouth was a real boon to his wife, Edith. Her desire to mix in polite society was satisfied by the move and, like many people; the couple enjoyed a happy retirement in Bournemouth. With ties to Bournemouth also to be found in Douglas Adams’ So Long and Thanks for all the Fish, Roald Dahl’s The Witches, and the town being the resting place of Mary Shelley, themed holiday reading here could be something of a bookworm’s delight! By Helen Hall  

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