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As the offerings of a typical airport shop suggest, most people's idea of a holiday book usually involves a throwaway piece of chick-lit or a mindless action thriller.
 
However, for a significant proportion of travellers, a good book is not just an effective means of killing time on the plane or keeping entertained by the side of the pool, but is a key part of a trip away.
 
Indeed, as well as those people who use their holidays as the ideal opportunity to catch up on weighty modern tomes or classics that they meant to get round to reading earlier on in the year but never had the time, demand for hotels with literary connections is just as strong as ever.
 
In fact, just this month, the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, in the famously-Bohemian part of London, announced the launch of its Book Club.
 
Appropriately enough for a luxury hotel located in an area of the capital that gave its name to the Bloomsbury Group of writers, which included the likes of Virgina Woolf and EM Forster among its members, guests will not only be given a complimentary copy of a 'book of the month' upon checking in, but will also be invited to chat with other guests about the work.
 
And it's not just London where bookworms can combine their loves of fine literature and fine hospitality.
 
Across the Channel, visitors to the city of Paris are also spoilt for choice when it comes to travelling in the footsteps of their literary heroes, with numerous bars, restaurants and even graveyards boasting links to some of the finest cultural minds of the past few hundred years. 
 
For example, as well as French heavyweights such as Satre and Camus, the Hotel Pont Royal, in the heart of the City of Light's bustling Left Bank, has also welcomed writers including James Joyce and, more recently, Garcia Marquez, through its doors, meaning guests have every chance of sleeping in the same room as a great 20th century wordsmith.
 
Similarly, the New York Times advises bookworms heading to the Big Apple to look into the possibility of checking into the Hotel Chelsea, and thereby following in the footsteps of, among many others, William S Burroughs, Arthur Miller, Mark Twain and Tennessee Williams.
 
Meanwhile, fans of Truman Capote may want to consider The Pierre, on New York's famous Fifth Avenue, where the writer indulged in his love of the good life, or else the Plaza, where he hosted his legendary Black and White Ball in order to celebrate the publication of In Cold Blood.
 
In fact, such is the demand for rooms that may have previously been occupied by literary greats, tourist boards and the venues themselves are only too happy to broadcast their cultural histories, meaning it's all too easy to find somewhere with such an artistic connection, sit back on the bed with a pen and paper and attempt to plug into the creative energy they may have left behind.
 

 

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