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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

Lead Review

  • Book: Under the Stars
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Author: Matt Gaw

"“Most people live in places where the glow of artificial light will trespass into their lives…” A couple of weeks ago..."

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Wish I had read this before my journey on The Ghan

  • Book: Wed, Then Dead on The Ghan (Celebrant Sleuth series)
  • Location: Australia, The Outback
  • Author: Hazel Edwards

"I read ‘Wed,Then Dead on the Ghan’ (Edwards’ celebrant-sleuth series) after my recent trip on the iconic Ghan and was delighted..."

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Great book – I won’t forget it any time soon.

  • Book: American Dirt
  • Location: Mexico Border, United States (USA)
  • Author: Jeanine Cummins

"I’m really glad that I, purposefully, didn’t read any of the strong reviews of American Dirt before I actually read it...."

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An unlikely quest for love

  • Book: Daisy
  • Location: California, London
  • Author: J P Henderson

"Herod S Pinkney was a significant disappointment to his parents. Especially when compared to his favoured brother Solomon: ‘Solomon died on..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: Snow, Dog, Foot
  • Location: Italian Alps
  • Author: Claudio Morandini

"Another delightful story from Peirene Press. This novella is set in the Italian Alps and it is a beautiful book to hold..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: I Am Dust
  • Location: Hull
  • Author: Louise Beech

"The Dean Wilson theatre opened in 1999 with a production of Dust, a musical.  The production looks set to be a..."

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TRILLIUM – Reviewed by A.Brindle – via The Bay Observer

  • Book: Trillium
  • Location: Beamsville, Grimsby (Ontario), Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Ontario, St Catharines
  • Author: Margaret Lindsay Holton

"Award-winning local author and artist, Margaret Lindsay Holton, has done it again with her third novel, ‘Trillium’. A fast-paced historical saga..."

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Ghostly, mysterious and haunting….

  • Book: I Am Dust
  • Location: Hull
  • Author: Louise Beech

"Louise Beech’s latest psychological thriller is ghostly, mysterious, emotional, atmospheric and has a touch of the supernatural. After enjoying her previous..."

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“The simple message of a garden is hope that sprouts from tiny seeds”

  • Book: The Victory Garden
  • Location: Devon
  • Author: Rhys Bowen

"I truly admire authors who can write across multiple genres, for diverse reading audiences and different age groups – and most..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: Impostor: An Alexander Gregory Thriller
  • Location: County Mayo
  • Author: L J Ross

"Meet L J Ross’s new protagonist, Dr Alexander Gregory, who is a forensic psychologist working in South London. This is the..."

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