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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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  • Book: Pure Invention
  • Location: Japan
  • Author: Matt Alt

"This is a fascinating look at the pop culture of Japan. The backdrop is the post WW2 economic picture of Japan,..."

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  • Book: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
  • Location: Istanbul (Constantinople)
  • Author: Elif Shafak

"Leila is a prostitute in Istanbul. She is brutally murdered and thrown into a waste bin. Her body stops functioning, but..."

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  • Book: Death by Windmill
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Author: Jennifer S Alderson

"This is no. 3 in the Travel Can Be Murder series. Previous hotspots for death have been Budapest and Paris. We..."

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  • Book: The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivanna
  • Location: Guadeloupe, Mali
  • Author: Maryse Condé

"Set mostly in Guadeloupe and Mali, The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivanna is a captivating post-colonial tale of..."

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  • Book: Latitudes of Longing
  • Location: Central Asia, South East Asia
  • Author: Shubhangi Swarup

"A novel to transport the reader to the Andaman Islands, Burma, Nepal, Kathmandu and finally the Karakoram Mountains. This is Swarup’s..."

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  • Book: The Tuscan Contessa
  • Location: Tuscany
  • Author: Dinah Jefferies

"We are very fond of Dinah’s books because she always makes setting a big part of the story. In her earlier..."

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  • Book: The Darkest Evening
  • Location: Northumberland
  • Author: Ann Cleeves

"This is no. 9 in the Vera Stanhope series and will beautifully transport you to wild Northumberland, just a few days..."

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  • Book: Redhead by the Side of the Road
  • Location: Baltimore
  • Author: Anne Tyler

"Micah Mortimer is in his forties and he is a man of routine. His family calls him a fussbudget (I hadn’t..."

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  • Book: The Thursday Murder Club
  • Location: Kent
  • Author: Richard Osman

"Now, when older folk are in their dotage, they don’t necessarily lose their faculties. Joyce, Elizabeth, Ibrahim and Ron are in their..."

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  • Book: Cauld Blasts and Clishmaclavers
  • Location: Scotland
  • Author: Robin A Crawford

"“Scotland is a nation of peoples woven together like a tartan or a tweed“. There are more than 150 languages spoken..."

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Enter the inaugural TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020