Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
Have you ever gone on a literary pilgrimage? If so, where and why?
To be honest, the idea has never really appealed to me. Not that I don’t have literary heroes, but to make a specific journey to see where they once lived doesn’t interest me. When I was in Stratford-upon-Avon, years before I ever considered writing, the queue to get into Shakespeare’s house was around the block, I was happy not to have to spend the day waiting to go in.
Confession time: I actually live about two miles from Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway, in Devon. But I’ve never been in the house or the grounds.
I’ve been past the estate when travelling on the River Dart and I drive past the entrance on a regular basis, yet I’ve never felt the need to go in and look around.
Not because I don’t admire Christie or love her work. I do, especially Miss Marple. I read many of the books whilst at sea and enjoyed the original BBC dramatisations (with Joan Hickson). They were a familiar part of television schedules in the late 1980s and early 90s.
I also have to admit that her brand of unorthodox sleuthing and her ability to see the significance in what others missed influenced the development of my own amateur detective, Andorra Pett.
So there is a definite connection, although obviously I’m not as famous as her. At least, not yet.
I digress (how unusual). I can’t really say why I’ve never been to visit, especially as it would involve me in little effort or take up much of my time. It certainly wouldn’t require a lot of planning or expense.
I think it’s a familiarity thing. In theory, I can go anytime, so I don’t.
After all, I can always go tomorrow.
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