Around the World in Books

(Image Credit: Wrangler)
(Image Credit: Wrangler)

Do you have a bad case of wanderlust? A thirst for new places and cultures? Want to broaden your perspectives? No travel funds available? If you’ve said yes to all these questions, you’ve come to the right place! Many of us have a desire to see the world, but have constraints such as time and money working against us. Such matters might resolve themselves in the future, but until the time comes to pack your bags, we’ve come up with an alternative method of exploration!

Read your way around the world with this list of great novels and non-fiction set in a variety of far off places. We’ve gathered some of the best foreign titles, novels set in distant lands, pieces of travel writing and interesting histories that will transport you to another place in the comfort of your own home. Click the title for further description on each work!

Canada

Fiction: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

Travel Writing: Mad Dogs & an Englishwoman by Polly Evans

England

Fiction: Adrift in Soho by Colin Wilson

Travel Writing: English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ireland

Fiction: The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy

Travel Writing: The Last of the Donkey Pilgrims by Kevin O’Hara

Germany

Fiction: All Souls’ Day by Cees Nooteboom

Travel Writing: Here is Berlin by JM Stim

Spain

Fiction: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Travel Writing: What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim by Jane Christmas

France

Fiction: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Non-Fiction: Parisians: An Adventure History by Graham Robb

Italy

Fiction: Juliet by Anne Fortier

Memoir: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Greece

Fiction: The Island by Victoria Hislop

Memoir: North of Ithakaby Eleni Gage

Ukraine

Fiction: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Travel Writing: Return to Ukraine by Ania Savage

Austria

Fiction: A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson

Autobiography: The System of Vienna: From Heaven Street to Earth Mound    Square by Gert Jonke

Russia

Fiction: Petersburg by Andrei Bely

Memoir: Sibir: My Discovery of Siberia by Farley Mowat

China

Fiction:Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

Travel Writing: Invisible China by Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson

Malaysia

Fiction: The Long Day Wanes by Anthony Burgess

Travel Writing: Malaysia: A Travel Adventure by Lorien Holland and T.S. Bok

Thailand

Fiction: Sightseeing By Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Memoir: A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants by Jaed Coffin

India

Fiction: A Strange and Sublime Address by Amit Chaudhuri

Memoir: Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey

Saudi Arabia

Fiction: Wolves of the Crescent Moonby Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Memoir: A Season in Mecca: Narrative of a Pilgrimageby Abdellah Hammoudi and Pascale Ghazaleh

Egypt

Fiction: Iris & Ruby by Rosie Thomas

History: In An Antique Land by Amitav Gosh

Kenya

Fiction: The White Masai by Corinne Hoffmann

Memoir: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

South Africa

Fiction: Life and Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee

Autobiography: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Australia

Fiction: Walkabout by James Vance Marshall

Travel Writing: Travels with Bertha: Two Years Exploring Australia in a 1978   ford Falcon by Paul Martin

New Zealand

Fiction: The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

Travel Writing: New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer by John Gisby

Brazil

Fiction: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Travel Writing: Through the Brazilian Wilderness by Theodore Roosevelt

Argentina

Fiction:The Tango Singer by Tomas Eloy Martinez

Travel Writing: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto Guevara

Peru

Fiction: The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa

Travel Writing: Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru by Tahir Shah

Mexico

Fiction: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Autobiography: The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait by Frida Kahlo

If you can’t physically explore a place, there’s no better way to go about it than to read! Select a work of fiction for an enticing story to get lost in, or live vicariously through the stories of explorers and natives eager to share them. From every book you’ll gain new insight and knowledge. Fill up your shelves (or eReader) and explore from the comfort of your favorite cozy chair. Sate that travel thirst until you can get out and obtain your own personal experiences. Happy reading!

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I’m a small town girl in my senior year at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in English and minoring in art. Writing and drawing have always been wonderful outlets for me and my dream is to be an author/illustrator one day. Or to run an elephant conservation center. For the first 21 years of my life I was a major homebody, but that all changed upon going to England this summer (the ultimate place for any crazy Austen, Tolkien, or Rowling fans to go). I’m eager to see the world, meet new people, and learn from my experiences!

2 thoughts on “Around the World in Books

  1. “If you can’t physically explore a place, there’s no better way to go about it than to read!” Sooo true. We have really enjoyed seeing locations through an author’s eyes. Have just enjoyed The Separation by Dinah Jeffries, Malaya; The Vacationers for Mallorca; Surf Mama for Biarritz in France; See you Tomorrow for Stavanger, Norway; The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith for Edinburgh…. anyway, totally get where you are coming from! Great suggestions. Thank you.

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