Tag Archives: Oxford

Bookstore Tourism: The End of an Era

A 143 year legacy will soon be coming to an end after it was announced last week that Waterstones has bought Blackwell’s, the UK’s biggest independent bookshop chain. This will mean that Waterstones, Barnes & Noble, Foyles and Blackwell’s will all … Continue reading

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Brilliant Bookshops

You would be hard pressed to discover a bookshop in a more beautiful setting than the charming Atlantis Books in the tiny village of Oia on the stunning Greek island of Santorini. But it’s just one of the wonderful bookshops … Continue reading

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Bibliotherapy, Journaling, and Some Bloodletting

Early in the 17th century,Oxford University scholar Robert Burton published what is now considered to be the first English language self-help manual, The Anatomy of Melancholy. The book offers Burton’s ideas on the nature and symptoms of melancholy or depression, … Continue reading

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The Matter of Jerusalem

During the last few days, Jerusalem has once again been at the top of the world news. The clever short film below, which was inspired by a new exhibition on medieval manuscripts at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, reminds us that the … Continue reading

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J.R.R. reads The Hobbit

In 1952, J.R.R. Tolkien stopped by to visit a friend and to pick-up a manuscript. While he was there, the friend persuaded the author to record a bit of his novel The Hobbit. The 30-minute recording session wasn’t filmed, but … Continue reading

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Color Me Medieval

The adult coloring book craze has even reached the lofty academic heights of Oxford University. The esteemed Bodleian Library in Oxford has released its own coloring book drawn from its collections. You can download your own pdf version right here. Now you can … Continue reading

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Yeah, More Maps

Once again the serendipitous randomness of the internet pointed me in the direction of an extraordinary artist/cartographer. Searching for local maps in the Canadian Yukon, I stumbled across the wonderful illustrated maps by London-based artist Katherine Baxter. You might opt … Continue reading

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You Asked For It

When I meet readers of Travel Between The Pages, they often comment on the numerous photographs of libraries and bookshops that appear on the blog. Comment in a positive way that is. So, here are some more “library porn” shots … Continue reading

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The Joy of Maps

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The Art of the Hobbit

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, HarperCollins has just released The Art of The Hobbit edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull. The sumptuous art book contains a complete collection of … Continue reading

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