Last Updated on March 29, 2021
Reading about new places and learning about the people, the culture and the history of a country is a great way to satisfy your wanderlust.
Reading about a place through the eyes of someone else, whether it be a fictional account or a reflective piece of non-fiction written by a newcomer, is for me the best way to really get a feel for a destination and the people who live there.
In this article, I have chosen a favourite book set in different countries around the world.
Why don’t you join me as we go around the world in 80 books?
Best books from countries around the world
In a sunburned country
by Bill Bryson
Although this book was written in 2000 it is still my favourite book written about Australia. Bryson with his trademark humour explore the continent meeting all sorts of interesting people (and creatures) along the way.
The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series
by Alexander McCall Smith
A wonderful series of books set in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. The stories follow the life and investigations of Botswana’s foremost lady detective Mma Ramotswe.
A wonderful and gentle introduction to this beautiful country and its people and culture.
More – Best books about Botswana to read before you visit
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