Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books are set in a fictional alt-universe version of Swindon, England. Here are some five facts about the real Swindon via Wikipedia.
- Swindon’s motto is “Salubritas et Industria” (Health and Industry).
- Peope from Swindon are called Swindonians
- It is located in the south west of Englan, in Wiltshire, about 130KM west of London
- As with many towns in England, Swindon owed much of its growth to the Industrial Revolution.
- Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is also set in Swindon.
From 43 places, only 7 of 15 people think Swindon is worth visiting. Ending on a positive note, Swindon was the location for Polish refugees during World War II and many remained.
What a wonderful choice to begin with! The Thursday Next books are such fun reads, especially for bibliophiles!
Dewey has posted the first mini-challenge over at her blog. It looks like a fairly quick and easy one, you should check it out!
Hmm, too bad about people not thinking it’s a great place to visit. If Christopher from Curious Incident really lived there, I’d want to go say hi!
Keep rockin’ out the pages. Keep on keepin’ on.
hehe-I want to be a Swindonian! That’s gotta be one of the best nouns ever. 🙂
Hello, I’m dropping by as a part of the third hour mini-challenge 😛
This is a lovely post, it makes me feel a bit sorry I skipped the hour 2 challenge (I planned to do it but I got caught up with something else; I wonder if it’s too late to do it now)
Happy reading! 😛
Cool! I love learning new facts 🙂
i am not familiar with the Thursday Next series, but i keep seeing it mentioned around the blogosphere, so i just might have to check it out. (i have read The Curious Incident though.) happy reading!
You’re one of the first to complete this mini-challenge. Sounds like you’re having a good time reading. Enjoy your day.
I’ve never heard about the Thursday Next books. Probably because I spend too much time in my RSS reader. I’ll have to check those out!