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Program 249a: Home, High Tea, and Book Lust To Go

Release Date: 01-19-2013


Bill Bryson points out what the rooms and items in your house can teach you about the world. Tour guide, Britt Lonsdale, explains your options for enjoying an elegant afternoon tea in London. Also, public radio's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, inspires us to read about the far away places of the world.


  • Travel writer Bill Bryson, author of At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Random House)
  • Britt Lonsdale, Blue Badge guide from London
  • Nancy Pearl,  librarian at large for the public library system in King County, Washington, and author of "Book Lust To Go"  (Sasquatch Books)

Additional Info

Books mentioned today by Nancy Pearl include:

  • Donna Leon's "Guido Brunetti" series of mysteries set in Venice
  • "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" by Barbara Demick
  • "Tiger Tail" by Gus Lee
  • "The Saddest Pleasure" by Moritz Thomsen
  • "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams" by Wayne Johnston
  • "Easter Island: A Novel" by Jennifer Vanderbes
  • "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" by Dorothy Gilman
  • "Between Terror and Tourism: An Overland Trip Across North Africa" by Michael Mewshaw
  • "Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile" by Sara Wheeler
  • "Finding George Orwell in Burma" by Emma Larkin
  • "The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia" by Paul Theroux
  • "Dark Star Safari" by Paul Theroux
  • "Travels with a Tangerine: From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam's Greatest Traveler" by Tim Mackintosh-Smith

Related Links

  • Bill Bryson's publisher has links to his latest book, "African Diary."
  • Britt Londsale is a local Blue Badge guide in London. Her e-mail address is for sending an inquiry about her guiding availabilities.
  • Fortnum and Mason in London's Picadilly is one of the places Britt Lonsdale goes for an afternoon tea service at its fourth floor Georgian-style St. James Restaurant. Their website includes a brief promotional video depicting the afternoon tea service there.
  • Other places mentioned for afternoon tea in London include the Orangery (behind Kensington Palace), the Ritz Hotel (where sittings start as early as 11:30am), the Langham Hotel, the Wolseley Cafe, and the Landmark Hotel.  Caller Cheryl particularly enjoyed afternoon tea at London's Dorchester Hotel.
  • Nancy Pearl is the author of "Book Lust to Go" and offers other reader recommendations in her "Book Lust" series.
  • The publisher's page for Nancy Pearl's "Book Lust To Go."