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Read your way around the world

By BijalWednesday 27th January 2016

Match your book to your holiday destination. Match your book to your holiday destination.


Books and holidays go hand in hand; they’re the perfect combination. Whether you’re exploring South America or discovering the Mediterranean, reading is a great way to pass those idle hours in between adventures. If you really want to immerse yourself in your destination, choose a book to match, and read your way around the world. Here are a few to get you started.


Dr No – Ian Fleming

Set in: Jamaica
Fiction or Non-fiction? Fiction
The sixth action-packed book in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, Dr No sees our protagonist travel to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow MI6 agent. Here he encounters evil villain Dr No, whom he takes on in true 007 style.

Homage to Barcelona – Colm Tóibín

Set in: Spain
Fiction or Non-fiction? Non-fiction
This book dives deep into Barcelona’s rich history, celebrating everything that makes this city great. From Gaudí’s architecture to the Spanish Civil War, Tóibín paints a vivid picture of a city that has captured the hearts of many.
Enjoy a Homage to Barcelona while in Barcelona. Enjoy a Homage to Barcelona while in Barcelona.

The Piano Teacher – Janice Y.K. Lee

Set in:  Hong Kong
Fiction or Non-fiction? Fiction
Set in 1940s-50s Hong Kong, The Piano Teacher tells the story of Claire Pendleton, a British national who teaches piano to the daughter of a wealthy Hong Kong couple. She befriends their driver and sees his harrowing past unravel before her eyes.

Travels in Alaska – John Muir

Set in: Alaska
Fiction or Non-fiction? Non-fiction
Travels in Alaska details John Muir’s exploration of the so-called ‘Last Frontier’ in the late 19th Century. A true nature lover, Muir’s vibrant descriptions of the magnificent landscape and breath-taking glaciers capture the island’s unbelievable beauty.

The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved – Larry Kusche

Set in: Bermuda
Fiction or Non-fiction? Non-fiction
Larry Kusche’s book claims to solve the mystery of The Bermuda Triangle, an area of the North Atlantic Ocean – between Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Florida – where numerous planes and ships have gone missing. Prepare to be intrigued.
Explore John Muir’s Alaska. Explore John Muir’s Alaska.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin – Louis de Bernières

Set in: Greece
Fiction or Non-fiction? Fiction
Set on the Greek island Cephalonia, this famous novel tells the story of an Italian captain, Antonio Corelli, and a local woman, Pelagia, who fall in love during the early years of the Second World War. But love, as you probably know, isn’t always simple.

The Sagas of Icelanders – Various

Set in: Iceland
Fiction or Non-fiction? Disputed
Counted as one of the great bodies of medieval literature, the Sagas of Icelanders takes readers on a journey back in time, to when Norse women and men first settled in this part of the world. These tales are not to be missed.

Dubai: The Story of the World’s Fastest City – Jim Krane

Set in: Dubai
Fiction or Non-fiction? Non-fiction
Dubai has long been known as a centre for business and wealth, with a backdrop that includes the world’s tallest building. But this wasn’t always the case. Jim Krane charts Dubai’s rise from its humble beginnings to where it is today.
Visiting Dubai? Immerse yourself in its history with Jim Krane’s book. Visiting Dubai? Immerse yourself in its history with Jim Krane’s book.

The Tango Singer - Tomás Eloy Martínez

Set in: Argentina
Fiction or Non-fiction? Fiction
Join Bruno Cadogan, an American graduate student, as he goes searching for an elusive tango singer in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. The singer, Julio Martel, is thought to be the best Argentina has ever seen, and Cadogan is desperate to catch one of his rare performances.

The Secret River – Kate Grenville

Set in: Australia
Fiction or Non-fiction? Fiction
A fictional tale set in a non-fictional period, The Secret River takes a look at Australia’s beginnings as a convict nation, and the impact this had on the native Aboriginals. The book focusses on William Thornhill, a British convict, then settler, and his story.

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