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Those elusive pages

I have finished really-rather-poor book with the telegram. It featured some spectactularly hilarious info-dumps, so good I may yet share one with you before I return this to the library. But it was also clearly written by someone who was not British. (The author is American.)

At one point, the heroine spots a suspicious person going into a chemists. So she follows that person in and, to look busy while listening in, browses the magazines.

In American and Canadian drug stores, magazines are ubiquitous. It's one of the basic places to go and buy a magazine.

In the UK? Chemists don't stock magazines. The only time I have seen them there have been in giant Boots, Boots so large they are mini-department stores with an electronics section, books, and stationary.

Have you ever seen magazines for sale in a normal chemists in the UK?


Sep. 6th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
Funny how such small things can jolt you right out of the scene; I remember a friend complaining about a book set in London (but written by someone who had probably never been there), which described someone ducking into the underground to get out of the summer heat in the cool tunnels.
Um, yeah, no.

There are various communities on LJ specifically for writers (amateur or pro) to check their facts; this morning, for example, I've seen someone asking what noise doorbells typically make in London flats. Nit-picky, I suppose, you it can make a difference, and I'm always a bit annoyed when I see a really stupid gaffe in a published book, which could easily have been checked (like Dan bloody Brown's characters travelling the wrong way across Paris; do they not have maps where he's from?).
Sep. 6th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
"which described someone ducking into the underground to get out of the summer heat in the cool tunnels."

Huh. They'd apparently never been to London or New York :)