Around the world in books

I love to read and I love to travel - so when I'm at home I put the two together on my bookshelf. Now I'm bringing my world of books to you, so that when you go travelling you can also experience your destination within pages of fiction, crime, biographies and short stories.

America (USA)
Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Gutering
The Tea Rose (Trilogy), by Jennifer Donnelly
Tuesdays with Morri, by Mitch Albom
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 
Open, by Andre Agassi
And if you're travelling to Hollywood - pack a Jackie Collins (or two)!

Asia (South & Central)
My Forbidden Face: Growing up under the Taiban - a young woman's story, by Latifa
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini 
Born Under a Million Shadows, by Andrea Busfield
The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway
The Reluctant Fundamentalistby Mohsin Hamid

The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough
Solomon's Song, by Bryce Courtenay
Tomorrow when the war began (series), by John Marsden
Trust Me, by Lesley Pearse

Chess: a novel, by Stefan Zweig

Recipe for Bees, by Gail Anderson-Dargaitz

White Rose (Una Rosa Blanca), by Amy Ephron

Czech Republic
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera

(The Complete) Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, by Lily Owens
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, by Peter Hoeg

London, by Edward Rutherford
The Very Thought of You, by Rosie Alison
Wideacre (Trilogy), by Philippa Gregory
Never Look Back, by Lesley Pearse

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
The Secret Life of Josephine: a novel, by Carolly Erickson

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne
The Book Thief, by Markus  Zusak

The Island, by Victoria Hislop

Q&A (also known as Slumdog Millionaire), by Vikas Swarup
A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry 
Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure, by Sarah MacDonald
Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Glassblower of Murano, by Marina Fiorato
The Italian Wedding, by Nicky Pellegrino
The Food of Love, by Anthoy Capella 
Inspector Montalbano series, byAndrea Camilleri
Death in Venice and other stories, by Thomas Mann

Silk, by Alessandro Baricco

The Caliph's House, by Tahir Shah
The Saffron Gate, by Linda Holeman
The Voices of Marrakech, by Elias Canetti 

New Zealand
Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones
The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera
The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield, by Katherine Mansfield
I Am Not Esther, by Fleur Beale
Footrot Flats, by Murray Ball
Cleo, by Helen Brown

The Bronze Horseman (Trilogy), by Paullina Simons
The Red Scarf, by Kate Furnivall
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (if you're going for a really long holiday!)

The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldon

The Return, by Victoria Hislop

The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), by Stieg Larsson
A Winter Book, by Tove Jansson
Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs, by Linda Olsson

Portrait of a Turkish Family, by Irfan Orga

Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka


The Cry of the Go-Away Bird, by Andrea Eames