When I wrote The Day Parliament Burned Down I didn’t know anything about the economics of the book trade. Now I do. What I know is a lot more about how high-street bookshops are struggling in the face of massive competition from supermarkets and Amazon, and that we should do all we can to support them (see my next post coming up on Saturday).
In that spirit, I was delighted and amazed when two enterprising London tour guides, Richard and Steve, got in touch earlier this year to say that they had based a whole walk around the 1834 fire and would be launching it on the anniversary itself. I love that The Day Parliament Burned Down is generating its own little economy around it for other people as well as bookshops, so do check out Trails of the City’s walk here: and let me know how you get on with it. Walks are happening on Thursday 16 October 6.30pm, Thursday 23 October 6.30pm, Thursday 30 October 6.30pm, and Wednesday 5 November 6.30pm. What a great idea!