Writers’ Residences: Literature Lives Here

10. Agatha Christie – Greenway Estate, Devon

Agatha Christie is a famous crime novelist and is best known for her detective stories, particularly the ones about Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Her novels have been translated into over 100 languages, and according to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling novelist of all time.

Agatha started writing the detective stories out of boredom while working in a hospital dispensary. A group of Belgian refugees in Torquay inspired her to create Poirot. Greenway Estate, which she described as the “the loveliest place in the world,” was used as a setting for some of her plots. The boathouse is where the first victim is discovered in her book Dead Man’s Folly.

11. Gabriel García Márquez – Aracataca, Colombia

Márquez was a Colombian novelist and journalist, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He popularized the literary style described as magic realism – when a writer mixes the real and surreal, or the incredible and ordinary, in their prose.

He wanted to write about where he grew up, so he went back to his grandfather’s house, in Aracataca. After 18 months smoking 60 cigarettes a day, he finished 100 Years of Solitude. He nearly went bankrupt and only had money to send half of the manuscript to his publisher.

12. Mary Shelley – Cologny, Switzerland

Mary was an English novelist and travel writer. She was the second child of Mary Wollstonecraft, a feminist philosopher, who died only 11 days after she was born. Her father made sure she and her sisters received a proper education, in accordance with his feminist position.

In 1816, Mary went to Lake Geneva with Percy (her future husband) and her sister Claire, to spend the summer with Lord Byron. Upon hearing some amusing German ghost stories, the group decided that each should write a ghost story of their own. The idea for Frankenstein came when she mixed concepts of galvanism (muscle contraction via electric current) and the principle of life. It’s considered by some to be the first true science fiction story.



Most Interesting Small Towns to Visit in the United States

If you’re used to living in a city or a big suburb, it can be hard to picture what life is like outside of all the hustle and bustle. In fact, U.S. cities house 62.7 percent of the population (as of 2015), but take up just 3.5 percent of the land area — and those numbers continue to grow as more people move into cities every day. If you need to get away for a bit, check out some of these incredible American towns. They may be small, but they’ve all got their own unique attributes that make them popular vacation destinations.

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To connoisseurs of fast food, visits abroad bring the opportunity to see how the rest of the world eats on the go. Although we have our own fast-food chains at home — many which have spread around the world — the most exciting chains around today are regional chains, which use local ingredients flavored to perfectly suit the local’s palate. To get a taste at what’s out there, here are some amazing international fast food chains we wish would come to the United States.

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