Rooms of Their Own reviewed in Fine Books

A very kind review of Rooms of Their Own in Fine Books magazine by the editor Rebecca Rego Barry.

We begin with Rooms of Their Own: Where Great Writers Write (Frances Lincoln, $26) by Alex Johnson, who, as readers of this blog will know, has been contributing to Fine Books for several years. Johnson is also the author of many books about books, including Bookshelf and Book Towns, and this delightful volume is a perfect addition to that grouping. Let’s call it armchair literary tourism: Johnson takes us behind the scenes to the offices, bedrooms, and sheds where fifty of our most revered authors wrote (or still write), from Sylvia Plath to Stephen King, Maya Angelou to Marcel Proust. Did they require ceremony or solitude? Typewriter or pen? Each entry offers insight and inspiration, and the watercolor illustrations of the spaces and furnishings by James Oses are so vibrant and lovely, we couldn’t ask for more.