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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 Snack Thief
  • Location: Sicily
  • Author: Andrea Camilleri

"The novel is replete with the usual banter and wry humour for which the author is known. Two deaths occur in..."

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“It’s back to school for this new super sleuth!”

  • Book: The Murder Mystery
  • Location: Dulwich
  • Author: Alice Castle

"New to me author, Alice Castle, introduces a brand-new style of amateur sleuth, that of the younger middle-aged, single parent, living..."

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“It’s going to be a festive season full of surprises…”

  • Book: A Christmas Miracle For The Railway Girls (The Railway Girls #6)
  • Location: Manchester
  • Author: Maisie Thomas

"Grab yourself a seat by the fire, curl up with a warm snuggly blanket and a delicious mug of hot chocolate..."

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  • Book: The Martins
  • Location: Paris
  • Author: David Foenkinos

"As an author, where do you find inspiration for your next book? The struggling protagonist in this novel decides to go..."

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“A mirror image is not identical: it is the exact opposite. I know that now. I could not have been you”

  • Book: The Peckham Experiment
  • Location: London
  • Author: Guy Ware

"I have to admit that I don’t generally read non-fiction, not because I don’t like to be kept informed, but simply..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: A Sliver of Darkness
  • Location: World
  • Author: C J Tudor

"These 11 stories have come out of Lockdown imagination. They are varied and dark and at some level often quite reflective...."

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Lead Review

  • Book: An Ocean Apart
  • Location: Caribbean, Hertfordshire, London
  • Author: Sarah Lee

"We meet sisters Connie and Ruby on the Sorrento, a ship transporting them from Barbados to England, where they are contracted..."

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“Her perfect new start… or her worst nightmare?”

  • Book: The Houseshare
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Author: Carla Kovach

"You know when you get that strong feeling of deja vu? Well, that’s what happened to me almost as soon as..."

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“A horror story about being bound by the blood knot of family”

  • Book: Where I End
  • Location: Ireland
  • Author: Sophie White

"In my younger days, I was an avid reader of horror stories, and indeed, a viewer of any film with that..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: The Family Retreat
  • Location: Dorset
  • Author: Bev Thomas

"I was drawn to this novel when I saw an informed review of the novel, describing it as full of psychological..."

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