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The Ticketless Traveler

The Ticketless Traveler: England

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Piccadilly Circus (Street), Digital ID TH-43754, New York Public LibraryDaydreaming of an English holiday that you just can't afford to take? Keep saving your money, and in the meantime, use your New York Public Library card to take you to your destination. These books, albums, and DVDs will transport you to England without leaving home.

Don’t Look Back, directed by D.A. Pennebaker. A documentary shot during Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of England.

The Young Ones. This early 1980s comedy, set in North London, features musical performances from Madness, Motorhead, and Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

Louder than Bombs, The Smiths. A collection of singles and B-sides containing "Is it Really So Strange," "London," and "Half a Person," all songs exploring the move from the north to the south of England.

White Teeth, Zadie Smith. This 2000 novel is essential for readers interested in London working and middle class cultures. 

Discography, Pet Shop Boys. Spend some time with the East End Boys and "West End Girls" in this singles collection.

Two Fat Ladies. Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright drive around the English countryside on a motorcycle with sidecar, cooking as they go.

Absolutely Fabulous. Patsy and Edina drink and smoke their way around London in this BBC comedy series. 

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries. This little old lady in an English village is quite the sleuth.

The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears. Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in this film, set during the aftermath of Princess Diana's death. 

Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Ever wonder what it would be like to fall in love with a rich man and go to live on his English country estate? With Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, and Judith Anderson. Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier.

You can also plan your fantasy trip to England with the NYPL's travel guides.

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