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Around the World in 80 books

Around the World in 80 books
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Travel the world from the comfort of your own home with this selection of some of the best books set in different countries around the world. While I have tried to select just one book for every country I have found it impossible if there are a couple of authors I particularly love. (Tony Park and Alexander McCall Smith spring immediately to mind)

While I would love to travel full time I find the next best thing to do to satisfy my wanderlust is reading about countries I would like to visit. Burying myself in a book and experiencing new places, people, sights and smells in its pages is just magical.

All the books below are ones I have read and enjoyed. The list is added to and updated when a new novel has made its way into my heart.

There are also links to best book lists for each country as I develop them so do click through if a particular country is of interest to you. Bookmark my page or subscribe below to keep up-to-date with all new books lists as they are published!

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BOOKS

AUSTRALIA | AFGHANISTAN | BOTSWANA

CANADA | CHINA | CZECH REPUBLIC | DENMARK

EGYPT | FRANCE | GERMANY

GREECE | GUERNSEY | ICELAND | INDONESIA

INDIA | ITALY | RUSSIA | SOUTH AFRICA

SPAIN | SWEDEN | RUSSIA | THAILAND | UK

USA | VIETNAM | YEMEN | ZIMBABWE

 


BOOKS SET IN AUSTRALIA


I am only starting to discover Australian fiction (though the Thorn Birds is still my favourite) and am keen to read more novels set in this vast country.

 

One of the best selling books of 2018 this debut novel by Jane Harper will have you gripped from the very first page.

 

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 BOOKS SET IN AFGHANISTAN


There are so many stunning books set in Afghanistan that choosing only one is impossible so I have chosen my favourite three (though if pushed to choose I would say A Thousand Splendid Suns is an unforgettable read) Khaled Hosseini is without doubt one of my favourite authors.

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BOOKS SET IN BOTSWANA


Having spent a number of years living in Botswana I love reading books set in this beautiful African country.

In particular I have a great fondness for Precious Ramotswe,  otherwise known as the lead detective behind the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. Easy to read and encapsulating Gaborone and the people of Botswana these are books I really wish I had written! With a total of  19  books now in the series each new publication is always eagerly awaited.

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Another fabulous author who sets his books in Botswana (and surrounding countries) is Tony Park. I stumbled across Tony’s work a number of years ago when on holiday in Malta. I downloaded and read a total of 6 of Tony’s books on that holiday and have been a fan ever since!

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Ever wondered what it would be like to work as a safari guide in Africa? Well Peter Allison shares some of the most outrageous but true tales from his years working as an expert safari guide in Botswana. Having been on safari a number of times myself (and with some pretty hair-raising tales of my own) this is the book to read before you book that African safari trip!


 BOOKS SET IN CANADA


 


BOOKS SET IN CHINA



BOOKS SET IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC



 BOOKS SET IN DENMARK


 


 BOOKS SET IN EGYPT


 


BOOKS SET IN FRANCE


 


BOOKS SET IN GERMANY


 


 BOOKS SET IN GREECE


 


BOOKS SET IN GUERNSEY


 



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 BOOKS SET IN ICELAND


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 BOOKS SET IN INDONESIA


 


 BOOKS SET IN INDIA


 


BOOKS SET IN ITALY



BOOKS SET IN RUSSIA


 


BOOKS SET IN SPAIN

 


BOOKS SET IN SOUTH AFRICA


 


BOOKS SET IN SWEDEN


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BOOKS SET IN THAILAND


 


BOOKS SET IN THE UK


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BOOKS SET IN THE USA


 


BOOKS SET IN VIETNAM


 

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BOOKS SET IN THE YEMEN



BOOKS SET IN  ZIMBABWE


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Author: Tracy

Tracy is your expert expat!

She 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)

Through down-to-earth stories, tips and advice (based on her own extensive knowledge and experience of life as an expat) she aims to support new and prospective expats to survive and thrive in Australia.

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.

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13 Comments

  1. November 11, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Such a wide list of great books, from which I´ve only read 4 so far! A wonderful idea for a blog post!
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    • November 13, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      Thanks Anna! Glad there are lots of books on there that are new to you – hope you enjoy reading some of them. Let me know as I love to chat about books!

    • November 13, 2016 / 3:09 pm

      Thanks Jurga. There are some of my all time favourites on this list – books that you read and never forget. Let me know what you think of some of the books thats were new to you when you have read them – love to chat books!

  2. Marj Turnbull Smith
    November 14, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    I had forgotten how many of those books I had read and I’m sure a lot were your suggestions.

    • November 15, 2016 / 11:20 am

      Probably! I am sorting the next 40 out – some newer ones so there maybe some you haven’t read on that. What was your favourite so far from these 40?

    • November 15, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks – someone asked me to recommend books for a destination and I thought hang on i know a few more books for a few more destinations! off to check out your 6 favourite cities!

  3. November 20, 2016 / 12:46 am

    A list I wholeheartedly agree with! I’ve read many of these and have others sitting on my shelf waiting their turn. You have included a few I haven’t come across before so I’ll have to make sure I look out for them. As for my own suggestions, here goes: ‘The Blood of Flowers’ by Anita Amirrezvani (it’s an historical novel about carpet makers in Iran); any of Barbara Nadel’s detective novels set in Istanbul; Ann Cleeves’s wonderful Shetland series of books; ‘Alone in Berlin’ by Hans Fallada (set in WWII) and ‘The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney’ by Henry Handel Richardson (an historical trilogy set in Melbourne and the goldmines of Ballarat in Australia).

    • November 20, 2016 / 10:23 am

      Fantastic Anne – love your suggestions will be off to have a look as I am always looking for my next new read. Glad that you agree with my list – some of them are such classics. Let me know what you think of some of the new suggestions as always interested in chatting about books 🙂 Thanks for your comment and for subscribing – really appreciate it.

  4. kathy cooney
    November 27, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I’ve read some of these books and plan to get more but I have to say three books about the people from China that i just totally love so much I will read them again are Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy. and China Dolls by Lisa See

    • November 27, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      Oh thanks so much for the recommendations – I am busy compiling the next 40 books so will add them in. I love finding new books to read 🙂