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Around the World in 80 Novels is full of inspirational reads that will fire your imagination and have you reaching for your suitcase.

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Around the World in 80 Novels

Whether you're a regular globe-trotter or an armchair traveller, these 80 works conjure up the spirit of place for locations on every continent. Sometimes the setting of a novel is as important as the story - where would Dickens be without London, or Edith Wharton without New York?

Who can read Jamaica Inn and not want to visit Bodmin Moor, or enjoy Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and not wonder whether perhaps Botswana should be on your bucket list?

Covering every corner of the world, from the most visited cities of Europe to the rural outposts of Australia, there are classics by famous authors, alongside works by new writers.

Sometimes a native of the country is best able to convey its true nature, but then an outside observer can recreate the attraction of the unknown.

Whether you have already decided on a destination and want to get a feel for the place, or you are just looking for ideas for your next getaway, Around the World in 80 Novels is full of inspirational reads that will fire your imagination and have you reaching for your suitcase.

Henry Russell

Henry Russell is an archetypal Thursday’s child who’s spent much of his life travelling on business, for research and for pleasure.

He has contributed extensively to numerous newspapers and periodicals, including The Times and Financial Times’ magazines, and is the author of more than 20 books, including introductions to Germany and Russia for National Geographic and works on architecture, design, social history and sport.

He has ghosted for an astronaut and a head of state, and adapted classic novels for radio. He runs courses on commercial and creative writing and on editing and proofreading for a wide range of clients throughout the British Isles and in all corners of the globe.

Henry is currently writing a study of Britain’s railway stations and planning a trip to Antarctica on which he’ll embark as soon as he’s filed his copy.