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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 its stunning coastline, numerous castles, and fascinating history provides a great setting for some excellent novels. For example, the UK TV series Vera is based on the novels of Ann Cleeves and showcases the beautiful Northumberland landscapes.
Find out about Northumberland’s most famous heroines – Grace Darling – with fiction and non-fiction books on the list.
In this article, I have gathered the best fiction and non-fiction books about Northumberland.
10 best books about Northumberland
BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORTHUMBERLAND (OR SET IN NORTHUMBERLAND)
A selection of the best books about Northumberland. The selection includes guide books about Northumberland as well as fiction books set in this beautiful English county.
BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORTHUMBERLAND - FICTION
A selection of the best fiction books about Northumberland.
Ann Cleeves TV Vera Stanhope Series Collection 7 Books Set
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)
Another great crime series set in Northumberland with DCI Kate Daniels leading the investigation into a double homicide in a sleepy north east 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 SET IN NORTHUMBERLAND - NON FICTION
A selection of the best non-fiction books about Northumberland.
The Life of Grace Darling Illustrated
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.
The Duchess of Northumberland's Little Book of Poisons, Potions and Aphrodisiacs
Based on information from the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle created by the Duchess of Northumberland "the reader will learn the secrets, past and present, of the poisonous and curative properties of these plants and the more unusual varieties that have been cultivated and planted for centuries.
Beautifully illustrated, this is the ideal gift for those with an interest in the wild plants of Britain and for those with an interest in poison and potions."
BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORTHUMBERLAND - TRAVEL
A selection of the best travel books about Northumberland.
Northumberland: Local, characterful guides to Britain's special places
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
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.
Northumberland: 40 Coast and Country Walks
A practical guide to 40 walks to take in Northumberland
UK Travel Planning Facebook Group
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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.
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I am originally from Northumberland and although I no longer live there I enjoy writing about this beautiful county.
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