Celebrating the literary giants of Cheshire on World Book Day
PUBLISHED: 13:17 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 07:47 28 February 2017
Cheshire has connections to some of the greatest authors, novels and literature that deserve to be celebrated this World Book Day.
Lewis Carroll, author of the iconic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was born in the quaint Cheshire village of Daresbury in 1832. The connection between Carroll and Daresbury remains strong, as the village welcomes thousands of visitors every year visiting the author’s birthplace.
Over 150 years on, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland still remains as one of the most well known and best loved novels. Today, the whimsical classic still has an army of fans as thousands of school children dress up as the beloved character Alice every year for World Book Day Celebrations.
Elizabeth Gaskell was the major novelist of the 19th century and is best known for her iconic novels like Cranford, North and South and Wives and Daughters – just to name a few. She was originally born in Chelsea; however after the sudden death of her mother, Elizabeth was raised by her aunt Hannah Lumb in the Cheshire town of Knutsford where she spent a happy childhood. In her most famous novel, Cranford, Gaskell often makes reference to the social details and surroundings of Knutsford.
In 2009, the BBC did a television series adaptation of Cranford and copies of Gaskell’s novel flew off the shelves at the Knutsford Heritage Centre.
Pride and Prejudice
There have been many television and film adaptations of Jane Austen’s iconic Pride and Prejudice, and in 1995 Lyme Hall was the back drop to the BBC’s hugely successful television adaptation of the novel. Parts of the series were filmed at the grand Cheshire grade I listed building, and the exterior of the building was used as the home of Mr Darcy, including the iconic scene where he emerges from the lake.
About World Book Day
Book lovers across 100 countries will be getting ready to celebrate World Book Day which is designated by UNESCO. Officially, World Book Day is April 23rd, but as that clashes with St George’s Day, it is celebrated on the first Thursday of March
The annual event brings together schools, communities and lovers of literature to celebrate their favourite authors, illustrations and of course books.