Just finished reading and looking at the ample, splendid color photographs in Shakespeare Country by Susan Hill. In Will and Me (which I am presently reading), Dominic Dromgroole’s father is quoted as saying, “If Shakespeare hadn’t existed, someone else would have emerged from that area producing poetry and plays of similar quality, since the land was so uniquely beautiful.”
I ordered my copy from a used book dealer at a bargain price (hardcover). Unfortunately it was a public library copy (not described as such in the listing) which meant rather well read with the book spine so relaxed, it opens flat, and one of the pages was missing which would explain the bargain price. Still for the price and overall condition, it was an enjoyable read and I know I shall return to the book over the years to linger over and savor the pictures and Susan Hill’s prose. More of a memoir than a travelogue, revealing more about the author as she reminisces and describes the scenery, cottages, manors, estates and castle within a roughly fifteen-mile radius of Shakespeare’s birthplace. For an armchair traveller like me, it was, and will continue to be, an extraordinary trip.