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London photos: Ian Fleming’s James Bond book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. The benches were auctioned off this evening. See Books about Town for more info.

I’ve saved my favorite bench for last: the one dedicated to Ian Fleming’s books about James Bond. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

A closeup of one section of the front:

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And another section of the front:

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The back:

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Side view:

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London photos: Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to Michael Bond’s books about Paddington Bear. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

And the back, which reveals that this bench (alone among those I saw, though I didn’t see all 50 of them) actually uses the bench motif in a sort of trompe l’oeil way:

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This bench was, oddly, nowhere near Paddington Station.

London photos: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

A closeup of a section of the front:

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And the back:

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London photos: William Shakespeare’s plays book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to the plays of William Shakespeare, situated right outside the replica of his Elizabethan-era Globe Theatre. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

A closeup of a section of the front:

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I didn’t get a photo of the back of this one, I’m afraid. The massive crowds and the fence made it almost impossible.

London photos: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to Oscar Wilde’s novel The Importance of Being Earnest. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

The back:

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And the bench in its environment:

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London photos: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

A closeup of one section:

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The back:

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London photos: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

A closeup of one section:

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The back:

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A closeup of one section:

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London photos: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to J.M. Barrie’s character Peter Pan. (Click here for a larger version of the front.)

A closeup of one section:

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The back:

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London photos: John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to John Wyndham’s novel The Day of the Triffids. The back:

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A closeup of a section on the back:

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London photos: George Orwell’s 1984 book bench

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Charity venture Books about Town placed 50 benches in the shape of giant books and painted to commemorate all sorts of great British writers around London this summer. They’ve just come off display, and will be auctioned off on October 7th. See Books about Town for more info.

This is the bench dedicated to George Orwell’s novel 1984. The back:

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A closeup of a section on the back:

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And a side view, which gives the real book effect:

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