From Shakespeare to Sherlock, Hercule Poirot to James Bond, London has always had a rich literary history. And now you can sit on it! Thanks to The National Literacy Trust, along with its public art promotor Wild in Art, 50 benches have been commissioned that will be painted to look like open books portraying scenes from famous books.
Some of the notable authors are listed below:
Douglas Adams—The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Jane Austen—Pride and Prejudice
Agatha Christie—Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly
Charles Dickens—Great Expectations
Ian Fleming—James Bond stories
Stephen Hawking—A Brief History of Time
Anthony Hurowitz—The Alex Rider Series
Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat
William Shakespeare—Various Works
Jules Verne—Around the World in 80 Days
H.G. Wells—The Time Machine.
For a complete list of benches, authors, and locations, complete with pictures, visit Books About Town.
Oh, and because I know you're wondering, yes you can own these benches. All benches will be opened up to auction, with the proceeds going to the National Literacy Trust. More information on the auctions can be found here.
Which bench is your favorite? Do you think any authors were forgotten? Join the conversation in the comments!