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Books set in location offer great travel reading. TripFiction was created to make it easy to match a location with a book, and thanks to our searchable database you can find a book relevant to any trip. A resource for both actual and armchair travellers.
TripFiction features novels set in over 1,500 countries, regions, and cities from around the world – so your destination is almost bound to be covered.

When you are planning your travel reading, don’t forget to research your location on TripFiction. You will find advice on the best books to read for wherever you want to go. TripFiction lets you see a location through an author’s eyes.

Works of fiction generate a feel for, and empathy with, a location that it quite different to that obtained through conventional travel guides. Literature – modern or historical – can help us absorb atmosphere and context in a way that no other written word finds possible.

TripFiction was created to make it easy for you to select literature that is most pertinent and relevant to your trip in a way that has not been practical before. You can search books by location, by author, by genre – and cross reference across all three. So, apart from just selecting by location, you can see which countries feature on your favourite author’s books, or whether a book of a particular genre is set in a city you are about to visit.
TripFiction does not just list titles. Each title has a synopsis and frequently a lead review. It also carries reviews and ratings by members of the TripFiction community – ratings are given for both the content of the book and also for how well it portrays the location itself.

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Latest Reviews

A Welsh tale where people aren’t always as they seem

  • Book: Halfway
  • Location: Wales
  • Author: B E Jones

"It’s nearing Christmas in rural Wales and the weather is harsh and snowy. The perfect setting for a crime thriller. This..."

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Atmospheric read

  • Book: Halfway
  • Location: Wales
  • Author: B E Jones

"A fairly quick read but engrossing. Each of the voices we hear is from a flawed and/or tortured character. In fact,..."

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Lead Review (A gentle thriller set in MARRAKECH)

  • Book: What Lies Within
  • Location: Marrakech, Taroudant
  • Author: Annabelle Thorpe

"They met at Cambridge University. 3 friends with shared times, but very different life experiences. Years later they are all together..."

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Lead review (A gilded cage. Thriller set in THE HAMPTONS)

  • Book: The Winters
  • Location: The Hamptons
  • Author: Lisa Gabriele

"With more than a nod to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, this is a gripping novel that will keep you guessing until..."

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Lead review (novel set in PARIS, past and present….)

  • Book: Paris Echo
  • Location: Paris
  • Author: Sebastian Faulks

"Sebastian Faulks, renowned Francophile, sets his new novel in Paris and his affection for and knowledge of that city is apparent..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: Matti and Max: Adventures on Crete
  • Location: Matala
  • Author: Sandra Lehmann

"This is not the first time we have featured a story set in and around the Matala Caves, where even Joni..."

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Dual timeline novel set in Grand Central Terminal

  • Book: The Masterpiece
  • Location: Manhattan
  • Author: Fiona Davis

"3.5* At the heart of this novel is Grand Central Terminal, New York, the Beaux Arts building erected in 1913, with..."

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Lead Review – a buzzing good mystery set in the HEBRIDES

  • Book: Coffin Road
  • Location: Isle of Harris
  • Author: Peter May

"A man, half drowned, is washed up on a beach on the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides. He has no..."

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Lead Review – a grand tour of RUSSIA and EUROPE at the turn of the 20th Century

  • Book: Love is Blind
  • Location: Edinburgh, Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Author: William Boyd

"This is a novel that has it all: terrific writing, wonderful storytelling, just a bit of mystery and transportation to era..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: Dune Song
  • Location: Morocco, New York City (NYC)
  • Author: Anissa M Bouziane

"Jeehan Nathaar, an American born Muslim, watches from her office window as the twin towers of The World Trade Centre collapse. Traumatized..."

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