The title says it all. I don’t think I’ve ever wished harder I lived in London. Books About Town is a project launched by the National Literacy Trust where 50 literary themed benches illustrated by local artists have been strewn across the city for summer, to be auctioned later in the autumn. These are my favourites:
The Librarian bench (Discworld by Terry Pratchett)
Earnest bench (The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde)
Peter Pan bench (Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe bench (The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis)
The Jeeves and Wooster Bench (the Jeeves series by P.G. Wodehouse)
Aren’t they delightful? I borrowed these pictures from the official Books about Townwebsite, where you’ll find the pictures of all the benches. Of course, there are these pictures submitted by people who stumbled across the benches throughout the city, which are way more fun as long as you can keep yourself from turning green.
It gets more fun: Guardian lets you vote for the book to feature on the next bench, the 51st. The choices range from the 101 Dalmatians to Adrian Mole, and Harry Potter, who needless to say is in the lead – you can change that with your vote, though I will have you know, I didn’t! Anyway, are you thinking what I’m thinking? I know, this has brought me whole new ideas about bookish furniture.