Although I’ve been really busy with the Deepings Literary Festival recently, I have had time to catch a few glimpses of a wonderful new literary Tube map of London underground from In the Book. It so intrigued me I had to find out a bit more so I asked Tom Matthews from In The Book to tell me a bit more about it.
The Literary Tube Map of London can be found here where it’s so much easier to see and navigate than on the blog!
Hi Tom. Thank you so much for agreeing to feature on Linda’s Book Bag. Please would you tell me a little bit about the map you’ve all come up with?
Thanks Linda. The map was designed to act as a definitive virtual book tour of London for both locals and tourists. Literature has the wonderful ability to colour a certain area like nothing else, and while everyone recognises Baker Street as Sherlock’s home and King’s Cross as the place Harry boards his train to Hogwarts, the lesser known works are what helps make London’s literary history so diverse: wonderfully named titles such as Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square and The Wimbledon Poisoner are prime examples of this.
Oh I agree. I love the concept of literary landscapes and I’m lucky enough to live in an area where the poet John Clare was a local man.
We also found it fascinating how certain genres and authors “owned” certain parts of the map: Dickens’ London dominates the Central Line, while gothic Victorian works Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Picture of Dorian Gray can be found haunting the Piccadilly Line. Zadie Smith takes the Jubilee Line to the northwest while Martin Amis is more prominent around West London.
How fascinating! Thanks so much Tom. I need to have a proper look at the map and visit the areas with new insight. Seeing Infernal Devices on the same line as The Da Vinci Code made me smile!
Could you tell me a bit about In The Book Too before you go?
In The Book publish personalised children’s books in the UK and US and hold a passion for getting kids to read. We recognise books as not only worlds where one can lose oneself but as a means to develop cultural understandings, social skills and help us affect positive changes in the world around us.
As an ex-literacy consultant and English teacher I couldn’t agree more Tom! Thanks so much for telling me more about the company. I wonder how many ‘stations’ on your Literary Tube Map Linda’s Book Bag readers have visited?