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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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  • Location: Bologna
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  • Location: Glasgow
  • Author: Caro Ramsay

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  • Location: Bavaria
  • Author: Romy Hausmann

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  • Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Author: Maggie O'Farrell

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  • Location: South Africa, United Kingdom
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  • Location: Denver, Tuscany
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  • Book: It Happened in Tuscany
  • Location: Denver, Tuscany
  • Author: Gail Mencini

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  • Location: Venice
  • Author: Philip Gwynne Jones

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  • Location: Whitstable
  • Author: Julie Wassmer

"Read Julie Wassmer’s latest outing for private detective and restaurant owner Pearl Nolan, and you’ll conjure up an image of Kent’s..."

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