If a book lover is a bibliophile, what is a library lover?  I don’t know the word (or if it exists) but I am one, and here I share images of libraries and other places which invite you to read and write, including book shops, cafés and easy chairs.

Writing on wheels

Writing on wheels

Another in a series of accounts by John Steinbeck's wife, Elaine, of his perpetual search for the perfect writing space. This bright idea came of his frustration at one point of a writing room which had no sound insulation and therefore no privacy. But his...

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Of centuries and cows

Of centuries and cows

These quirky comments by Steinbeck charmed me - first his reaction to the first room he chose to work in, and then his decision to move elsewhere on the old property they rented near Glastonbury. 'We lived in an ancient cottage that was listed in the...

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Of boats and books

Of boats and books

Another example of Steinbeck's search for a perfect writing spot, in different houses, places, times of his life, as described by his wife.  She never entered these spaces without being invited, which on occasion led to some surprises.This is a writing...

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All you need is love

All you need is love

Another description by Steinbeck's widow of yet another of his writing spaces, which comprised mostly rooms but some other curious places.  Here a 'room of one's own' is complemented by pervasive love. 'Now I am married to Elaine and in two days we are...

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Throughout the library, there is an energy and a joy that, in too many other rare books and manuscripts libraries, almost always remains suppressed.

Matthew Battles – Library: An Unquiet History

water is…

water is…

One bitingly cold morning I was crossing a square in central Liverpool, and noticed some words on the ground.  I followed them, and discovered a...

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