Books

From cult hero to England’s bard: explore the London destinations that made Shakespeare
Every 23 April the world celebrates William Shakespeare’s birth, and to help mark the occasion, we explore the bard’s life as it was lived in the country’s capital, visiting some of the places and objects that helped define him. more >
15th April 2019
Alohomora! Unlock five secret Harry Potter destinations you can reach by train
The unfathomably famous Harry Potter series is full of references to real-life places in the UK. From Gloucester to London, you can discover the top spots that either inspired the Bristol-born author or were used as locations in the blockbuster films more >
19th March 2019
Celebrate World Book Day with these five great independent bookshops
We’re getting into the literary spirit on this very special day. Here are five top independent bookshops taking part in this year’s World Book Day celebrations, and better yet, they’re just a hop, skip and jump from GWR train stations. more >
4th March 2019
Literary events this November: book signings, festivals and author talks
Love books, love reading, love all things literature? Tons of events celebrating the written word are taking place across the network this November. Here’s our pick of some of the best talks and author meet and greets from crime, non-fiction and even Bob The Street Cat! more >
5th November 2018
The birth of a monster
Did you know that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was written in Bath, while the author was living in a house near the abbey? To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the spooktastic book, we explore some of the key locations that helped bring the tale to life and uncover the true story behind the work’s mysterious and scandalous author more >
12th October 2018