Sunday, 1 November 2015

Sunday Spotlight - Books on Tour: Counting Stars

Books on Tour is a new monthly feature here at TheArtsShelf which showcases books and bookish references in places around the world. From just down the road in Liverpool to the Mediterranean, books and bookish references can be found everywhere.

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As promised, today I am delving into the beautiful city of Liverpool for the book Counting Stars by Keris Stainton. I absolutely adored this book and being that Liverpool is sort of a second home for me, it only feels right to highlight some of the main locations of the book.

Image from http://www.creativetourist.com/venues/lime-street-station/
The most obvious place to start is of course the station where Anna first enters Liverpool. Liverpool Lime Street is the station I go to and is the most central to the shops and entertainment venues. I believe this is where Anna would be at the start of the novel.

Image from http://lawrencekenwright.co.uk/investments/
She'd then be walking down the main shopping strip, admiring the preserved buildings that now house chains such as BHS and Topshop, before arriving at her new home.

Image from https://www.openrent.co.uk/property-to-rent/liverpool/studio-flat-rodney-street-l1/56306
Although I'm not familiar with apartments and homes in Liverpool, I found this lovely image online and it's pretty much how I imagine the group's famed balcony to be like. In a way, I can imagine them sitting there discussing everything from past loves to dreams and expectations. 

Image from http://www.culturepool.org.uk/venues/playhouse-theatre
The Playhouse Theatre is where I imagine Anna had been conducting her work experience, and where she'd been hoping to work upon moving to Liverpool. The fabulous Oh Me Oh My cafe meanwhile, pictured below, is where I imagine she ended up working. Busy, yet quaint and almost a little secretive; a gem among those who know of it.

Image from
http://www.creativetourist.com/articles/food-drink/liverpool/liverpool-restaurants-a-tea-shop-secret-oh-me-oh-my/
Image from http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g186337-d191544-Reviews-Britannia_Adelphi_Hotel-Liverpool_Merseyside_England.html
The Britannia Adelphi is the kind of hotel I imagine Nina working in. A little out of the way of the centre, and yet not too far, the Adelphi is quaint and charming but with an air of sophistication.

Image from http://www.thetoyshop.com/store-finder/Liverpool
Last but not least is The Entertainer in Liverpool One which is where I saw Sean going into when stalking his crush. There are probably many other toy stores in Liverpool, but being that I always go to Liverpool One, this is the one I pictured in my head when reading.

Image from http://www.grosvenor.com/featured-locations-and-properties/asset/liverpool%20one/
Liverpool is such a fabulous, diverse city filled with shops, bars and buskers. It's wonderful to go to both in the day and at night, with so many places to see and things to do. It is one of my favourite cities in the UK, and so it was lovely to read such a fantastic novel set there. This post has given you a little taste of what Liverpool has to offer, and where Anna and her friends may have been, so I hope you enjoyed it.

Next time I will be delving into Becherel in France; a place I've never been but would really love to see.

Do you have any travelling books or global bookish references you'd like to share? Feel free to post in the comments below or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

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