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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

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  • Book: Two Women in Rome
  • Location: Rome
  • Author: Elizabeth Buchan

"3.5* Lottie has come to Rome to be with Tom and she manages to bag a job as an archivist. She..."

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  • Book: Under the Italian Sun
  • Location: Umbria
  • Author: Sue Moorcroft

"Given that we can’t travel at the moment due to Covid, the next best thing of course is to travel by..."

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  • Book: Hysteria
  • Location: Paris
  • Author: L J Ross

"The author LJ Ross’ work is synonymous with Northumberland and Tyneside, where she sets her DCI Ryan mysteries. Hysteria is the..."

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  • Book: Falling
  • Location: United States (USA)
  • Author: T J Newman

"3.5* “Hurry up and wait” (the unofficial motto of aviation). Anyone who is nervous about flying, now is the time to..."

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“One night. Three Families. Who is lying?”

  • Book: The Street Party
  • Location: West London
  • Author: Claire Seeber

"Oh Yes! This one definitely ticks all the right boxes for me, as an outstanding domestic psychological thriller. No pot-boiling suspense,..."

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Book Review of Not a Place on Any Map by Alexis Paige

  • Book: Not a Place on Any Map
  • Location: United States (USA)
  • Author: Alexis Paige

"Review by Margot Harrison of SEVEN DAYS VERMONT: As its title indicates, Not a Place is about mobility, in both space and time,..."

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“What happens when your mother’s dying wish becomes your worst nightmare”

  • Book: The Audacity Of Sara Grayson
  • Location: London, Maine, Maryland
  • Author: Joani Elliott

"I would never have thought it possible that I would be awarding a book from the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction..."

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  • Book: The Stars’ Tennis Balls
  • Location: London
  • Author: Stephen Fry

"Stephen Fry narrates the audiobook and again, this has been a companion over several hours of lockdown walking. I was surprised..."

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“Kitty Underhay feels the touch… of death”

  • Book: Murder At Elm House
  • Location: Devon
  • Author: Helena Dixon

"What a delightful read, and all over far too soon! This is another excellent series to add to my recently rediscovered..."

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Crime in Amsterdam

  • Book: A Death at the Hotel Mondrian
  • Location: Amsterdam
  • Author: Anja de Jager

"An interesting premise, a man supposedly murdered 30 years ago turns up alive. Then, dies the following day at the Hotel..."

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