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Make a Sentimental Journey to Coxwold

- 30 July 2018 -

You have two months, until 30 September 2018, to make a sentimental journey to Coxwold to visit a fascinating exhibition at Shandy Hall in Coxwold, North Yorkshire. The exhibition pays tribute to a book called “A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy” by Laurence Sterne. First published 250 years ago on 27 February 1768, three weeks later on 18 March, Laurence Sterne died meaning his final work was published incomplete – although a message to the subscribers promised a further two volumes at a later date…

In 250 years “A Sentimental Journey” has never been out of print in England and has been translated into virtually every European language – from Basque and Estonian to Hungarian and Turkish! Although normally considered Laurence Sterne’s second most famous work after “Tristram Shandy”, in March this year I was delighted to be presented with a wonderful De Luxe edition of Laurence Sterne’s “A Sentimental Journey” (dating from 1910 with illustrations by Everard Hopkins) when I departed Northamptonshire for Coxwold in North Yorkshire.

This exhibition at Shandy Hall, just a 5 minute walk from our boutique self-catering holiday cottage in Coxwold, North Yorkshire, includes a selection of original pen and ink drawings by two outstanding illustrators of “A Sentimental Journey”: T.H. Robinson (1869–1954), whose more famous brother was W. Heath Robinson, and Martin Rowson who is widely considered one of our finest cartoonists with work appearing regularly in the Guardian newspaper. He has also published a graphic novel version of Sterne’s acclaimed “Tristram Shandy” and is the illustrator for a new edition of “A Sentimental Journey” which has been published this year to mark the anniversary.

Well worth making a sentimental journey to Coxwold in North Yorkshire to see this fascinating exhibition – as well as visiting Laurence Sterne’s Shandy Hall where you can see the small room where he wrote his famous works. As there is so much to see and enjoy in and around Coxwold we obviously hope you will want to stay at our boutique self-catering holiday cottage when you do make a sentimental journey to Coxwold! I am pleased to report that a copy of both “Tristram Shandy” and the new edition of “A Sentimental Journey” are on the bookshelf in Forge Cottage, our boutique self-catering holiday cottage, for our guests enjoyment…

Shandy Hall, Coxwold, former home of Laurence Sterne, author of Tristram Shandy