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The Family Upstairs

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“The only bad books are books that are so badly written that no one will publish them. Any book that has been published is going to be a ‘good book’ for someone.”

-Lisa Jewell


Cheyne Walk

“[Libby] skims and her eye is caught by the name of a property. Sixteen Cheyne Walk, SW3.” (pg 6)

“The Chelsea House”, the house that Libby found out she inherited when she was 25 years old. The house that she was born in. The house with the dark history of Henry, Lucy, Clemency and Phin’s childhood.

Cheyne Walk is a street home to many famous people all the way back to the 19th century. Some of these homes have belonged to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elizabeth Taylor, T.S. Eliot and many more. Specifically 16 Cheyne Walk has been home to Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Frederick Sandys, and Hall Caine. Take a walk down the street and admire all the beautiful homes and maybe come across someone you recognize!

Hyde Park

“‘We walked for a mile into Hyde Park, where we sat on a bench.” (pg 139)

After Henry and Phin go out together for the first time to Kensington Market, they then walk to Hyde Park and sit on a bench there. This is where Phin shows Henry the LSD he picked up at the Kensington Market. They decide they want to wait till they are home later one day to try the LSD.

Kensington Market was an indoor market during the second half of the 20th century that catered to hippies, punks, goths and other similar groups. It was then demolished in 2001. But today, you can still go to Hyde Park in Central London. Check out the Royal Parks of London’s website to see all the amazing things you can do at Hyde Park.

Nice, France

Promenade de Anglais

“Marco and Lucy spent the night on the beach in the end. The rain stopped at about two a.m. and they gathered their things and walked the twenty minutes across town to the Promenade de Anglais, were they unrolled their yoga mats on the wet pebbles, tucked themselves under sarongs, and watched shreds of spent gray rain clouds chase each other across a big pink moon until the sun started to leak through the line between the sea and the sky.” (pg 38)

One night while Lucy and her children were homeless, Lucy dropped off her daughter, Stella, with Stella’s grandmother. Then Lucy and her son, Marco, needed to find somewhere to spend the night. They ended up on the beachfront at the Promenade de Anglais and spent the night on the sand.

The Promenade de Anglais stretches for 7 kilometers along the beach in Nice, France. This promenade is a great place to rent out some bikes or skates and ride along the dedicated cyclist lane while enjoying the view of the beach.

Le Beach Club Bleu et Blanc

“They head toward one of the many beach clubs that line the beaches here in Nice: le Beach Club Bleu et Blanc.” (pg 39)

After Lucy and Marco’s night on the beach, they pick up Stella and head to le Beach Club Bleu at Blanc. They sneak into the showers here for Lucy and Marco to have the first shower they have had in over a week, and to wash their dog, Fitz. This is where Lucy gets ready to go meet Marco’s dad and ask for money to get her fiddle back.

Today, you can head over the le Beach Club Bleu at Blanc in front of the Hotel Saint-Aygulf along the Cote d’Azur. You can hang out here on the beach and have some food and drinks. And if you are on vacation stay at the Hotel Saint-Aygulf for around €130/night.

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