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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: Idol
  • Location: New York City (NYC), United States (USA)
  • Author: Louise O'Neill

"3.5* Welcome to a novel featuring millennial chaos. Influencer Sam Miller has a terrific Social Media following – in the millions..."

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A Brilliant Book about a Well-loved Film of a Classic Story

  • Book: The Making of Swallows and Amazons
  • Location: The Lake District
  • Author: Sophie Neville

"I came across this book by sheer chance not long after I had watched the original film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ on..."

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Another Winner from Sophie Neville!

  • Book: Ride the Wings of Morning
  • Location: Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)
  • Author: Sophie Neville

"Having just finished Sophie Neville’s ‘Funnily Enough’, a book I found both hilarious and uplifting, I started this sequel with high..."

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Hilarious Treatment of a Dark Subject

  • Book: Funnily Enough
  • Location: The Cotswolds
  • Author: Sophie Neville

"I read the original issue of this book some time ago and although I remembered it as being good, I had..."

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“The secrets of Summer House are about to come out at last…”

  • Book: The Secrets Of Summer House
  • Location: Cambridge, Suffolk
  • Author: Rachel Burton

"Several of my fellow bloggers have been commenting about just how much they are craving ‘comfort’ stories right now. My schedule..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: Victoria Park
  • Location: East London
  • Author: Gemma Reeves

"Set over twelve months, Gemma Reeves’ debut novel Victoria Park offers a multi-perspective narrative, focusing on different characters for each month..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: The Golden Couple
  • Location: Washington DC
  • Author: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

"These two writers do work well together, They create a nice turned story, with plenty of twists and turns and the..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: Edith and Kim
  • Location: Europe, Russia
  • Author: Charlotte Philby

"The era of the Cold War and the spy circle in which Kim Philby was a player, filtered into my early..."

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Lead Review

  • Book: Nanny Needed
  • Location: Manhattan, Upper West Side
  • Author: Georgina Cross

"Sarah Larson is living with her boyfriend Jonathan in a small apartment, trying to make ends meet. Sarah has an enormous..."

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Fantastic read

  • Book: New Girl in Little Cove
  • Location: Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Author: Damhnait Monaghan

"This book is a fantastic story about a newly qualified teacher, who needs to get away from it all, after her..."

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