We had a few days in Harrogate at the start of December. Originally we had planned to go to Edinburgh, so I booked a hotel off the M6 in Merseyside, but the plans changed! We decided to utilise the trip from west to east by visiting a couple of branches that were en route.
Neither of us had been to Wigan before and weren’t really sure what to expect. In fact, the only thing I really knew is that it features in George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier (well worth a read). There are some nice buildings in the town, including a pretty Arcade called the Makinson Arcade. The Waterstones is in the Grand Arcade shopping centre.
The Wigan Pier area. Probably considerably different from when Orwell visited!
I keep forgetting to record what I was reading at the time of my visit! In this case it was Winter Magic, a collection of wintery stories selected by Abi Elphinstone and featuring authors such as Emma Carroll and Katherine Woodfine. Perfect seasonal reading!