|Grantchester, England, near Cambridge. I used the rental bicycle for transportation all the time -- no car!|
In the course of the novel, Imogen went to Grantchester near Cambridge, she bicycled from her home to the college, she passed by Marks and Spenser downtown, she visited nearby Angelsey Abbey, she had reason to watch houseboat-barges and college rowing societies on the river, she drank beer in pubs, she attended a student theatrical performance, and she saw the cows on Stourbridge Common. We did every one of these things! Imogen buys and cooks food for herself and others, as I had to do, carrying my shopping (as the English call groceries) in the basket of my bike -- just like her. Who wouldn't love a book that awakened so many pleasant memories!
|Stourbridge Common near the apartment where we lived for a couple of months.|
The cows are allowed to graze there from April through some time in the autumn.
|Houseboats and a punt on the river Isis, Cambridge, England.|
A trip in a houseboat plays a role in The Bad Quarto.