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Books set in… the United Kingdom

Books set in… the United Kingdom

Books are a great way to get to know a country and to get deeper into what makes its people tick than a travel guide. In the series “Books set in…”, I put together lists of books that help you find a novel that fits your next trip.

The books on this list span across several centuries and are set right across the UK. As it happens, I have a lot more books listed that are set in London… But I am constantly reading and working on extending the list all the time. I will also constantly add links to reviews I write on all of these books. So if you’re unsure about any of the books, check back later and I may have added a review on the book you’re looking for.

Also, if you’ve read any books that are set in the UK, then please leave them down in the comments and I will add them to the list. The goal is to have this big community to people recommending books to each other.

Books set… in London

Monica Ali – Brick Lane

Charles  Dickens РBleak House

Linda Grant – The dark circle

Nick Hornby – A long way down

Nick Hornby – Funny girl

Mary-Rose MacColl – Swimming Home

Hilary Mantel – Wolf hall

Armistead Maupin – Babycakes

Ian McEwan – Saturday

David Nicholls – One Day

David Nicholls – Us

Helen Simpson – Constitutional

Zadie Smith – White Teeth

Sarah Waters – The night watch

Mark Watson – Eleven

Mark Watson – Hotel Alpha


Books set… somewhere in England

Nathan Filer – The shock of the fall

Mark Haddon – The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Thomas Hardy – Jude the Obscure

J. K. Rowling  РThe casual vacancy

Mark Watson – The Knot


Books set… in Scotland

Kate Atkinson – One good turn

Iain Banks – Stonemouth

Jenni Fagan – The sunlight pilgrims

Val McDermid – Northanger Abbey

Sir Walter Scott – Waverley

Alexander McCall Smith – 44 Scotland Street

Ali Smith – Girl meets boy

Muriel Spark – The prime of Miss Jane Brodie

Irvine Welsh – Trainspotting