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You love books, right? And travel? Well, you’re in the right place to find thousands of great books set around the world, all with a firm sense of the place the author has set them in.

Interactive map of Great Books set in locations around the world

It might be a novel, a memoir or a travelogue, but each one will transport you to the destination you’re interested in, whether that’s ahead of a trip you’re planning, while you’re already there, or just to pique your literary curiosity, from the comfort of your favourite reading place on a dark winter’s night.

TripFiction was created to make it easy to find that perfect combination of book and destination, and from our database you can easily search by location, title, author and genre.

We also have a brand new map, from which you can find our posts listing 5 or 10 great books set in an increasing number of places spread around the world.

Baba Dunja’s Last Love, set in Chernobyl

Reading a book with a firm sense of place adds hugely to both literary and travel experiences. Imagine reading Alina Bronsky’s Baba Dunja’s Last Love whilst you’re knee-deep in snow in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone yourself. Or, going back in time, to a beautifully described 12th Century Japan with The Office of Gardens and Ponds by Didier Decoin.

But TripFiction does so much more than list titles. Each book has a synopsis and frequently a lead review. Many also have reviews and ratings by the TripFiction community, assessing the book for both content and strength of location.

The Office of Gardens and Ponds, set in Kyoto and Honshu

And sign up here to become a TripFiction member – don’t worry, it’s completely free! – to assemble your very own Backpack reading list, and to receive a monthly newsletter. You’ll also be able to recommend new books for the TripFiction database, and to craft your own reviews. And we’ll be introducing new member benefits all the time.

We’d love to hear your ideas or suggestions to help make TripFiction even better for you and the reading community. Please click here for the Contact form, or send us an email at contact@tripfiction.com.

Happy reading and enjoy seeing a location through an author’s eyes.

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Latest Reviews

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  • Book: The Women at Hitler’s Table
  • Location: Parcz (Gross Partsch)
  • Author: Rosella Postorino

"3.5* People use love to justify all kinds of things….. At the end of the novel, the author describes how she..."

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  • Book: A Girl Returned
  • Location: Italy
  • Author: Donatella Di Pietrantonio

"A Girl Returned is a thought provoking and sensitive book. It is also beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein (Elena Ferrante’s translator…)...."

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Uplifting read about German language and life

  • Book: Learning German (badly)
  • Location: Berlin
  • Author: Tim Luscombe

"In this very funny memoir Tim Luscombe, British and living in Germany, attempts to get to grips with the German language..."

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  • Book: The Woman in Cabin 10
  • Location: Norwegian Fjords, The North Sea
  • Author: Ruth Ware

"This novel has been on the TripFiction bookshelves for a little while and as I was taking a Cross Channel Ferry..."

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Great book with the most surprising ending!!

  • Book: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • Location: Berlin
  • Author: John le Carré

"Great book set in Berlin – I actually read it when i was there and it really brought the city to..."

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Great book! I read it so quickly!

  • Book: In the Company of the Courtesan
  • Location: Venice
  • Author: Sarah Dunant

"What a great read!! This book is full of amazing descriptions of Venice and the characters are some of the best..."

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A truly amazing book – extraordinarily written.

  • Book: The Beekeeper of Aleppo
  • Location: England, Greece, Syria, Turkey
  • Author: Christy Lefteri

"It’s not unusual for me to read good books – in fact I generally give up quite early on the books..."

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Compelling mystery with a ghostly element on the Camino de Santiago trail

  • Book: Petra’s Ghost
  • Location: Northern Spain, Santiago de Compostela
  • Author: C.S. O'Cinneide

"Two things immediately attracted me to this book: 1) The setting – I have walked a part of the Camino de..."

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One of the finest examples of Iceland Noir with a great atmospheric setting

  • Book: Why Did You Lie
  • Location: Reykjavik
  • Author: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

"Yrsa S has done it again – I just can’t get enough of her books! Why Did You Lie delivered exactly..."

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Dark and gritty Nordic thriller with a great sense of place

  • Book: The Girl Without Skin
  • Location: Greenland
  • Author: Mads Peder Nordbo

"As the title suggests – this book is not for the faint of heart! I love a good Nordic thriller, and..."

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