London's Book Benches Let You Sit Inside Your Favourite Novels

By Gerald Lynch on at

The next time you take a load off while walking the streets of London, you may find yourself settling down into a good book -- whether you're reading one or not. The National Literacy Trust has launched the "Books About Town" campaign, asking designers to create London benches based around some of the world's best loved books.

Crafted to look like the curled, open pages of a paperback novel, 50 of the benches have been dotted around the capital, covering everything from Dr Seuss to George Orwell's 1984. You can click here to find each meticulously-crafted bench's location.

Once the campaign completes, you'll also have a chance to buy the benches. Each will be auctioned at London's Southbank Centre on October 7th, with proceeds going towards helping tackle illiteracy in deprived areas of the UK.

Scroll down for a look at some of the best, and hit the source for a look at the rest. [Books About Town]

Ian Fleming's James Bond by Freyja Dean

Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time by Paraig O'Driscoll

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species by Jane Veveris Callan

Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Deven Bhurke

C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Quad Digital Mandii Pope

Theodor Seuss Geisel's Dr Seuss by Jane Headford

Samuel Pepys' Diary by Michele Petit-Jean

H.G. Wells' The Time Machine by Di Ralston

Lead Image Credit: George Orwell's 1984 by Thomas Dowdeswell