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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.

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

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Latest Reviews

Lead Review

  • Book: The Sleeping Car Murders
  • Location: France, Paris
  • Author: Sébastien Japrisot

"The ‘Phocéen’ overnight train arrives in Paris from Marseille. In one sleeping car, with berths 221-226, a woman has been found..."

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Life in North Korea

  • Book: Friend
  • Location: North Korea
  • Author: Nam–nyong Paek

"It is easy to forget, or perhaps not even think about in the first place, that North Korea produces fiction for..."

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Blackwatertown, County Armagh 1950s

  • Book: Blackwatertown
  • Location: Armagh, Tyrone
  • Author: Paul Waters

"BLACKWATERTOWN by Paul Waters Sergeant Jolly Macken didn’t want to be a policeman anymore. He hated his job. He is a..."

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A Taste of Kiev

  • Book: Snegurochka
  • Location: Kiev (Kyiv)
  • Author: Judith Heneghan

"Just finished reading this beautifully written book. I have not visited Ukraine, but Judith Heneghan describes the life in Kiev in..."

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Memories of a Mill

  • Book: Black Water Lilies
  • Location: Giverny
  • Author: Michel Bussi

"We stayed in Giverny for 2 nights on the almost obligatory visit to Monet’s abode and the galleries if you are..."

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Great for lovers of Venice but ultimately unsatisfying

  • Book: A Year at Hotel Gondola
  • Location: Venice
  • Author: Nicky Pellegrino

"You can’t fault the authentic detail, the sights, sounds, smells and flavours of Venice as captured in this novel. Nicky Pellegrino..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: The Sister in Law
  • Location: Amalfi Coast
  • Author: Sue Watson

"Join the Taylor family from the comfort of your sofa and watch the family dynamics play out. The core family has..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: Mortmain Hall
  • Location: London, Yorkshire
  • Author: Martin Edwards

"It is 1930’s England and Rachel Savernake, dressed in mourning gear, boards a train on London’s Necropolis Railway. But Rachel is..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: The Switch
  • Location: London, Yorkshire
  • Author: Beth O'Leary

"Granddaughter Leena is in London and is, practically, a workaholic. She is however asked to take two months paid leave because..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: Can You Hear Me?
  • Location: England
  • Author: Jake Jones

"It seems fitting to be reviewing this just as the NHS has its 72nd birthday. A much valued institution that is..."

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