At Home with England's Classic Novelists



Living Room

is the return invitation into the homes, architectural and natural, of the classic authors whose writings we, as readers, invite into our homes.


Produced in cooperation with the National Trust, the Georgian Group, and other organizations, in the first book of the series, we explore the houses and the natural environments (now open for public view) of many of the classic novelists who resided throughout England. Our tour begins in London and expands outward to other cities and the varied countryside of the counties, ultimately, working our way to the country's physical borders.

Examined via these literary house museums and natural settings are the works, the lives, and the times of such enduringly classic novelists as Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters, Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, C.S Lewis, A.A Milne, William Morris, Beatrix Potter, and Virginia Woolf, among many others.

Literature's Living Room: At Home with England's Classic Novelists is currently available to buy as paperback at

Literature's Living Room: At Home with England's Classic Novelists is also available on Amazon as an ebook, and as an audiobook with Whispersync available from Amazon, Audible and iTunes, narrated by Dane Butler, a friend to the LLR team and co-founder of the handcrafted sunglasses brand,

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The idea for the series was created and developed by writer Mary Lee Costa, who has also authored the first book in the series. This book also features artwork painted by Charlotte Partridge and a nature section written by Robbie Honey.


David McKinstry of the Georgian Group acted as architectural consultant, and Edward S. Mason of Bedales School acted as literary consultant.

Dane Butler

Audiobook Narrator

Edward S. Mason

Literary Consultant

Mary Lee Costa

Creator & Author

David McKinstry

Architectural Historian

Robbie Honey

Nature Section Author

Charlotte Partridge