A Booklist

If you enjoy exploring the homes and haunts of British writers this booklist will be invaluable. There are guidebooks which help the traveller find the places associated with their favourite writers, but many of the books written about literary pilgrimage are also great reads in themselves. The list includes lavishly-illustrated books which bring British writers' homes and gardens into your living room. Many writers' lives are intertwined, not least in the case of the family and friends known as the Bloomsbury group. Books about Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell explore these connections. This booklist is a companion to a talk given to the Dunedin Travel Club in June 2018.


A Reader's Guide to Writers' Britain. Sally Varlow

Treasured Island. Frank Barrett

Writers' Houses: Where Great Books Began. Nick Channer

Novel Destinations: A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West. Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon

The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland. Daniel Hahn, Nicholas Robins, and Dorothy Eagle

Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape. Oliver Tearle

Literary Britain: A Reader's Guide to Writers and Landmarks. Frank Morley

Freud's Couch, Scott's Buttocks, Brontë's Grave. Simon Goldhill

Charles Dickens's England. David Wilkinson

Writers and Their Houses: A Guide to Writers' Houses of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland: Essays by Modern Writers. Kate Marsh

Once Upon a Time in Great Britain: A Travel Guide to the Sights and Settings of Your Favorite Children's Stories. Melanie Wentz

Literary London. Eloise Millar and Sam Jordison

Literary London: A Street-by-Street Exploration of the Capital's Literary Heritage. Ed Glinert

Imagined London: A Tour of the World's Greatest Fictional City. Anna Quindlen

House of Fiction. Phyllis Richardson

Classic Literary Walks. Jeremy Evans

The Atlas of Literature. Edited by Malcolm Bradbury

A Literary Pilgrim: An Illustrated Guide to Britain's Literary Heritage. Edward Thomas


The Writer's Garden: How Gardens Inspired Our Best-Loved Authors. Jackie Bennett

Gardening at Sissinghurst. Tony Lord

Planting Schemes from Sissinghurst. Tony Lord

Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden. Vita Sackville-West and Sarah Raven

Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History. Adam Nicolson (Vita's grandson)

Vita's Other World: A Gardening Biography of V. Sackville-West. Jane Brown

Virginia Woolf's Garden: The Story of the Garden at Monk's House. Caroline Zoob

Charleston Saved, 1979-1989: One of the Most Difficult and Imaginative Feats of Restoration. Anthea Arnold

Strawberry Hill : Horace Walpole's Gothic Castle. Anna Chalcraft and Judith Viscardi

A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey Into Adventure, Love, and Faith. Lori Smith

At Home with Jane Austen. Kim Wilson

Jane Austen at Home. Lucy Worsley


Vita and Virginia: The Work and Friendship of V. Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. Suzanne Raitt

The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf. V.  Edited by Louise A. Desalvo and Mitchell Alexander Leaska

Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West. Matthew Dennison

A House Full of Daughters. Juliet Nicolson (Vita's granddaughter)

Bloomsbury at Home. Pamela Todd

Bloomsbury Rooms: Modernism, Subculture, and Domesticity. Christopher Reed

The Sisters' Arts: The Writing and Painting of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. Diane F. Gillespie

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision. Frances Spalding

A Bloomsbury Canvas: Reflections on the Bloomsbury Group. Tony Bradshaw and James Beechey

Deceived with Kindness: A Bloomsbury Childhood. Angelica Garnett (Vanessa Bell's daughter)

Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939. Virginia Nicholson (Vanessa Bell's granddaughter)