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IT’S all hap­pen­ing in Bri­tain in 2015, from Scot­land’s Year of Food and Drink to the Rugby World Cup. Alice is turn­ing 150 and Emma is 200 — Lewis Car­roll’s Alice in Won­der­land, that is, and Jane Austen’s Emma. Ox­ford, where Car­roll lived, has spe­cial events in store and Emma fans should head, of course, to the city of Bath but also to Jane Austen’s House Mu­seum, in the vil­lage of Chaw­ton near Al­ton in Hamp­shire, which oc­cu­pies the 18th­cen­tury house in which the nov­el­ist spent the last eight years of her life. This year marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the death of Win­ston Churchill and his com­mem­o­ra­tion trail in­cludes his home Chartwell, now a Na­tional Trust prop­erty, plus the Churchill War Rooms in Lon­don and his birth­place, Blen­heim Palace. T&I likes the sound of this year’s fes­ti­val of Agatha Christie, mark­ing the 125th an­niver­sary of her birth and the 63rd year of The Mouse­trap, the world’s long­est-run­ning theatre pro­duc­tion. Make the pil­grim­age to Green­way (pic­tured), Christie’s sum­mer res­i­dence in south Devon, open to the public since 2009; pre­pare by read­ing the Countess of Crime’s 1956 novel Dead Man’s Folly; the coun­try res­i­dence she de­scribes therein is Green­way. Happy sleuthing. More: vis­itbri­tain.com; na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/green­way.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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