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If you are planning a visit to the beautiful county of Northumberland in the north of England why not learn a little more about it before you go?

Northumberland with is stunning coastline, numerous castles and fascinating history provides a great setting for some excellent novels. The UK TV series Vera is based on the novels of Ann Cleeves and showcases the beautiful Northumberland landscapes.

Find out about of Northumberland’s most famous heroines – Grace Darling – with fiction and non-fiction books on the list. Also discover what it is like to relocate to the least densely populated county in England from London with 3 kids in Judith O’Reilly’s biography ‘Wife in the North”

In this article I have gathered the best fiction and non-fiction books about Northumberland.

 


BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORTHUMBERLAND – FICTION


 

Vera Stanhope Series

 

 

The work of the crime fiction writer Ann Cleeves will be familiar to fans of the TV series Vera. Set in Northumberland the brilliant yet distinctly unglamorous DI Vera Stanhope sets about solving complex cases while sharing the limelight with the backdrop of the beautiful Northumberland countryside and coastline.

 

 


The Murder Wall (Kate Daniels Mysteries Book 1)


 

 

Another great crime series set in Northumberland with DCI Kate Daniels leading the investigation into a double homicide in a sleepy north eastern village. There are a number of books in the series all set in the North-East of England.

 

 


The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter: A Novel


 

 

This historical novel is based on the real life story of Grace Darling a heroine of the North-East. Inspired by the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past 200 years this book is historical fiction at its finest.

 

 


BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORTHUMBERLAND – NON FICTION


Wife in the North

 

 

A Londoner is convinced by her husband to move to rural Northumberland with 2 toddlers and another on the way. She soon discovers the joys (and ups and downs) of living in the north of England and all that rural life entails. A hilarious account of a soft southerner making it up north.

 

 


The Life of Grace Darling


 

 

The story of Grace Darling and her daring rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838  is told in this beautiful illustrated book. The daughter if a lighthouse keeper the story of Grace can also be discovered at the Grace Darling museum in Bamburgh.

 

 


Northumberland: Romans to Victorians (Visitors’ Historic Britain)


 

 

For those of you who enjoy learning about the history of a place this book is for you! Detailing the history of the region from the Romans to the Victorians find out where to see the oldest toilets in existence or why Northumberland became the home to warrior kings, saints and scholars.

 

 


BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORTHUMBERLAND – TRAVEL


Northumberland: including Newcastle, Hadrian’s Wall and the Coast Local, characterful guides to Britain’s Special Places (Bradt Travel Guides (Slow Travel series))


 

 

A comprehensive guide to Northumberland including information about the history, towns, heritage sites and more. Written by a local this guide is informative and easy to read.

 

 


The Northumberland Coast


 

 

A photographic journey through Northumberland with stunning images of beaches, castles and villages in this beautiful county.

 

 


Walking in Northumberland: 36 walks throughout the national park – coast, Cheviots, Hadrian’s Wall and Pennines (Cicerone Walking Guides)


 

 

The book comprises 36 short walking routes between 4 and 14 miles in Northumberland. There is something for everyone in this book.  Each walk has a description which contains information on the start/finish points, distance covered, total ascent, terrain, approximate walking time, grade, maps required, transport options, public toilets and refreshments, and is accompanied by 1:50k OS mapping.

 

 

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I hope you enjoy this selection of books about Northumberland. If you enjoy reading about places before you visit you may enjoy reading my selections of books to read for various countries around the world.

If you are visiting Northumberland make time in your itinerary for a visit to Barter Books in Alnwick. It is one of the largest second hand bookshops in Europe and is housed in a beautifully converted railway station. You can read more about Barter Books by clicking this link.

 

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Author: Tracy

Tracy has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, she is also able to share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help you travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Come and join me as I travel the world one country (and train journey) at a time!

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