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.
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.
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!
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
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
BOOKS SET IN THAILAND
BOOKS SET IN THE UK
BOOKS SET IN THE USA
BOOKS SET IN VIETNAM
BOOKS SET IN THE YEMEN
BOOKS SET IN ZIMBABWE
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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.