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James Bond is one of the literary characters from adult fiction that can be discovered on the London benches

James Bond is one of the literary characters from adult fiction that can be discovered on the London benches

London’s “Books About Town” Turns Iconic Literary Works Into Public Art -  Each book-shaped bench is decorated with an artist’s rendition of works such as Alex Rider & War Horse, running the gamut from contemporary subway reads to longtime favorites. Click through for a sampling of our favorites, including tributes to Charles Darwin & Bridget Jones.

London’s “Books About Town” Turns Iconic Literary Works Into Public Art - Each book-shaped bench is decorated with an artist’s rendition of works such as Alex Rider & War Horse, running the gamut from contemporary subway reads to longtime favorites. Click through for a sampling of our favorites, including tributes to Charles Darwin & Bridget Jones.

London Book Benches - Samuel Pepys' Diary.  Greenwich Trail.   Books about Town | National Literary Trust

London Book Benches - Samuel Pepys' Diary. Greenwich Trail. Books about Town | National Literary Trust

Book bench dedicated to Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, in Gordon Square Park, as seen by a reader.  Photograph: NunNicer/GuardianWitness

Book bench dedicated to Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, in Gordon Square Park, as seen by a reader. Photograph: NunNicer/GuardianWitness

London Book by Kaija (Paperiaarre). Accordion book - cardstock, vintage illustrations, vellum paper, recycled kraft papers, tissue paper watercolour, ink, pencil, pen, eyelets, vintage ribbon. 6,5x15x1cm / 2.6"x5.9"x0.4"

London Book by Kaija (Paperiaarre). Accordion book - cardstock, vintage illustrations, vellum paper, recycled kraft papers, tissue paper watercolour, ink, pencil, pen, eyelets, vintage ribbon. 6,5x15x1cm / 2.6"x5.9"x0.4"

London book benches

London book benches

A beautiful garland arch of books is our pick of the day from the London Book Fair 2012. A good idea if you are planning a bookish wedding.

A beautiful garland arch of books is our pick of the day from the London Book Fair 2012. A good idea if you are planning a bookish wedding.

London book bench Jeremy Banx's THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FLIPBOOK, a bench he created in celebration of reading for pleasure.

London book bench Jeremy Banx's THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FLIPBOOK, a bench he created in celebration of reading for pleasure.