Top Ten Tuesday: Places In Books I’d Love to Live

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

The topic this week is :Places In Books I’d Love to Live.

Lothlorien, the Elf Kingdom in The Lord of the Rings – between the Misty Mountains and the River Anduin, the fairest realm of the Elves remaining in MiddleEarth It is ruled by Galadriel and Celeborn from their city of tree-houses at Caras Galadhon.

Heidi’s grandfather’s mountain in the Swiss Alps above the hamlet of Dorfli in Heidi by Johanna Spyri and the sequels, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children, written by Charles Tritten.

Hundred Acre Wood in Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne – we stayed in a cottage near Five Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, where the Winnie-the-Pooh stories were set and played Pooh Sticks on the bridge.

Pemberley in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the home of Mr Darcy, located near the fictional town of Lambton, and believed by some to be based on Lyme Park, south of Disley in Cheshire. I’ve been there too.

Oxford in Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse books. In his poem ‘Thyrsis’ the Victorian poet Matthew Arnold called Oxford ‘the city of dreaming spires‘ after the stunning architecture of its university buildings We used to live near Oxford, so often visited. One of my favourite Morse books is The Dead of Jericho.

The Lake District as in Martin Edwards’ Lake District mysteries, featuring Hannah Scarlett and the historian Daniel Kind. I love the Lake District, and have been there many times. The first book in the series is The Coffin Trail.

Tuscany – as in Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes – about the abandoned villa she restored and life in the Italian countryside. Tuscany is one of my favourite places in Italy and I’d love to go there again.

Atlantis’ – the fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva in The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley a a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, the home of the D’Aplièse sisters.

And finally two English fictional villages:

Fairacre in the Miss Read books (the real-life Dora Saint), with its thatched cottage, church, and school,. The first one is Village School.

St Mary Mead in Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books. It was first mentioned in a Miss Marple book in 1930, when it was the setting for the first Miss Marple novel, The Murder at the Vicarage.

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Places In Books I’d Love to Live”

  1. Oh, Margaret, you’ve picked such lovely places to live! They’re all great places, and each a little different to the others, too. It’s got me thinking of fictional places I’d like to live, too, and I’d never really thought of that before. Especially in this time of pandemic, when we’ve not been able to travel, that’s such a pleasant thought…

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  2. Oh, Margaret, you’ve picked such lovely places to live! They’re all great places, and each a little different to the others, too. It’s got me thinking of fictional places I’d like to live, too, and I’d never really thought of that before. Especially in this time of pandemic, when we’ve not been able to travel, that’s such a pleasant thought…

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  3. Hi Margaret! Aaaaah! I love all you places, you put some thought into this one. I think someone must get very creative and start organizing a Seven Sisters tour. You start in Atlantis, Geneva and we travel to all the places where the stories take place in. Just imagine that! I’ve used Rio de Janeiro for my post and would have used a few of the others as well!

    Ten places we’d love to live / die / travel in

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  4. A few wonderful feel-good places in here, which is of course why we would want to live there! Tuscany, Pooh, Heidi and Lothlorien, all brought a smile to my face. And St. Mary Mead made me laugh, I’d get to meet Miss Marple and then be sure to be murdered there very soon! 😀
    ~Lex

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  5. What amazing choices, I agree with them all except one, Pemberley. I’m just rereading Emma and reckon I would be more comfortable in her home, Hartfield in Surrey than in a massive place like Pemberley.

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