Pride and Prejudice House’s £33 Million Renovation

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Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, where the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was filmed, is due for a renovation.

The Duke of Devonshire had decided the house needed a certain amount of care and attention, and the installation of WIFI, if it is to be financially viable in the future. It is said to be the most costly and time-consuming renovation for nearly 200 years.




The scaffolding was removed from the ‘Pride and Prejudice house’ in March 2018 to show the work that has been done over the past 10 years, costing £32.7 million. The work has restored it to its former glory with Chatsworth’s blackened sandstone cleaned and restored,, and the finials on the roof painstakingly covered in dazzling gold leaf.

Once coated in centuries of pollution, the windows are now glistening and once again the surrounding bars are covered in gold.

In the early days of the restoration, the Duke of Devonshire had remarked: ‘When it is finished it will be very vulgar but very historically correct.’

Would the Mr Darcy approve of the gaudy decor?

Check out these before and after pictures of the famous house from Pride and Prejudice (2005)




Check out the Museum of Tiny Books

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As much as we love physical books, we would agree that they can take up a lot of space. One of the perks of E-readers is that they allow you to store hundreds of books in one light weight device. What if we were able to keep physical books, but have them take up far less space? What if we just shrunk them down to the point where you need a microscope to read them? That would certainly create a lot more shelf space.
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Literary Laugharne: From 1172 to Dylan Thomas

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Don’t tell everyone, but last week I sneaked off on a little holiday down the coast and while I was there I went to spend a day in Laugharne. The small town is best known for being home to Dylan Thomas but less well known is its connection to Richard Hughes (A High Wind in Jamaica).

Laugharne is steeped in history, and was well before Thomas decided to reside there. It has a castle that dates back to the 1100s, laid siege by Cromwell in the 1600s but still standing in ruinous form today. The town also contains many fine examples of Georgian townhouses and is home to the Laugharne Corporation, the last surviving medieval corporation in the UK.

It is however, best known for being the home of Dylan Thomas and the town is scattered with landmarks connected to the author, from the boathouse, to his writing shed, the castle gazebo where he and Richard Hughes wrote together, the Dylan Thomas birthday walk, inspired by Poem in October, and his final resting place.
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The perfect book lovers job is in the Maldives!

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Book lovers rejoice- your perfect job is here!

Do you long for endless days of sunshine, the sand between your toes, and enough books to satisfy your reading addiction? Does your perfect working day involve walking barefoot in soft, white sand with a book in your hand?

A luxury eco resort in the Maldives are looking for a passionate bibliophile who can blog about their time on the resort as the resident castaway bookseller. The pay is pittance but when the benefits are included it seems like a dream job. You may not walk away at the end with cash saved but you will have experienced an absolute dream come true for many reading addicts.

If this sounds up your sandy street then Soneva Fushi  have a job for you…

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Mills & Boon to Publish Stories Set in UK’s Most Romantic Locations

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When I was growing up my mother always had her nose in a Mills & Boon romance novel, and while considered trashy they kept many people reading for many years. In more recent times the brand has fallen out of favour but HarperCollins is giving the books a new lease of life, relaunching the 110-year old brand earlier this year with a facelift and a fresh approach.

Now Mills & Boon has teamed up with PR Agency Taylor Herring to launch a nationwide summer reading campaign and has commissioned ten short stories all set in the UK’s most romantic spots.
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These Literary Maps of the United Kingdom Bring Novel Locations to Life

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Literary escapism is the reason we read, to get lost in another’s mind, another’s thoughts and ideas allows us to learn empathy and gain experience without living them. It’s not just the characters either, you can travel the world through books and these literary maps bring the locations of many British books to life.

The United Kingdom has always been a favourite location for writers, especially those classic authors of the past. Many of the best known books through the years are set in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland and these maps bring these to life. Read More

Property developers name their new community ‘Gilead’.

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Gilead‘ is known to many literature fans, and television watchers, as the theocratic, authoritarian republic run by an ultra-religious US government created by Margaret Atwood. In Gilead women have no rights, and those unfortunate enough to be able to bear children are forced into sexual slavery. Free speech doesn’t exist and any hint of backlash from the women results in drastic action from those in charge.

Bearing all that in mind: would you name your new community development Gilead?! A group in New South Wales, Australia, has done just that.

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