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How books transport us to faraway lands

The Beach by Alex Garland, set in Thailand, was made into a big budget movie staring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Beach by Alex Garland, set in Thailand, was made into a big budget movie staring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Published Sep 3, 2013

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London - Books can transport readers with a good imagination to faraway lands simply through the power of language.

But it seems some novels can transport their fans in reality, too. A survey found we are often persuaded to visit places across the world because they are the settings of our favourite novels.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote topped the list, inspiring readers to take a trip to New York. The book, published in 1958, features Manhattan society girl Holly Golightly, who was played by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie.

In a poll, 37 percent – all women – said the author had convinced them to visit the Big Apple.

The survey by High Street discount store The Works found the second most popular book destination – and the top choice for men – was JRR Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings.

About 15 percent had travelled to New Zealand, where the movie was shot. Third in the list was Alex Garland’s The Beach, set in Thailand, followed by JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, which was partly filmed at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.

Other choices included Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Paris and Louis de Bernieres’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, a vivid portrayal of the Greek island Kefalonia. - Daily Mail

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