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A Complete Guide to the Best Books from Around the World

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 with links to further suggestions of books set in that country.

Why don’t you join me as we go around the world in 80 books?

Woman sitting on a beach reading a selection of best books from around the world.

Best books from around the world

(Best books set in another country)


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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.

MoreBest books about Australia to read before you visit


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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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More travel inspiration – Best Netflix TV shows and movies from around the world

In addition to all those books to read we have also collated the best TV shows and movies to watch from around the world too. If you are planning to visit one of these countries why not catch up on some Netflix (or Amazon Prime) – these shows are great for travel inspiration, some are educational and they are all great entertainment!