Five Great Books That Inspire Travel

Here are five books that are top of our mind when it comes to inspiring travel. I find guide books a bit stale, it takes a great novel to get me looking to book a holiday online. If you know of any great travel reads that inspire you to travel please let us know by leaving a comment.


1) English Passengers by Matthew Kneale – A fantastically well written and researched book with great characters. English Passengers is about an expedition to Tasmania in the 1850’s. Both tragic and funny the book manages to brilliantly twine together multiple narratives. Highly recommended, Read More at Amazon.


2) Journey by Moonlight 1937 (Hungarian in Venice) and The Pendragon Legend1934 (Hungarian in Wales) are the novels of Antal Szerb. Both strongly autobiographical gently satirical novels by a highly intelligent and cultured scholar. A Jew, he died in a labour camp in 1945.


3) Music & Silence by Rose Tremain. Set in Denmark in 1623, this is a riveting, rich drama which made me want to visit current day Denmark…complete with the Danish Court ice skating on the lake, visiting endless  forests whilst the King tries out his entrepreneurial plans for paper making mills and silver mines in the mountain to refill the Royal coffers. A gorgeous book which as the quotation on the cover says “The best thing from Denmark since Hamlet”


4) Not one book but a whole series of detective novels by Donna Leon featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti based in Venice. Brunetti is a delightful character whom readers will warm to and he loves his city with a passion. Her books gives the reader a tantalising foretaste of summer holidays to come.


5) Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Set in the Southern States of USA. Warm climate, warm people. Set at the time of the passing of the Civil Rights Act, it is highly enjoyable and interesting with an optimistic outcome.


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