Looking for some great books about England to get you prepped for a trip "across the pond?" I've compiled a few of my "favourites!"
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Looking for a book about England?
You've come to the right place if you're looking for some books to get you excited for a trip to England. I love preparing for a significant trip by reading not just travel information, but also fiction based in the country I'll be visiting. These books are such a great way to learn not only about the country's culture, but also to force yourself to learn just a bit of the local history, in a more enjoyable way.
If you've been following the blog, you'll know I am a massive Anglophile. I even have a section of my blog devoted to "Anglophile Products." From London, to day trips throughout the English countryside, I can't get enough. Even though our most recent trip was cancelled, I've enjoyed reading all about England for years, including when I'm trapped at home!
So, I've compiled some of my top books about England, going all the way back to the ones that started to peak my interest in the place, back in school, before I'd even visited the place!
Books about England: Inspirational/Sentimental
There's a modern sub-genre of English fiction that, for lack of a better term, I'm going to call inspirational/sentimental. Using a significant event/journey in the main character's life as a tool through which to reflect upon past experiences, there are my tear jerkers!
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Books about England: Mystery
We all know the Brits are the masters of the mystery genre! From Dame Agatha all the way through to the present day, nobody does a mystery, particularly a small town mystery, like the English.
Love British mystery novels? Check out my list of cozy, British detective novels!
Books about England: JK Rowling
Of course we all know J.K. Rowling from the best-selling series of all time, but did you know she's written far more since she wrapped up Harry Potter? The Casual Vacancy explores the dark underbelly of a "quaint" English town, while her Strike series follows a private detective through mysteries in London - and his romance with his detective partner.
If this is your first trip "across the pond," be sure to read up on my First Timer's Guide to England.
Books about England: Epic
As I mentioned, fiction can be a great way to "force" yourself to learn a bit of history. In the epics listed below, the authors will take you through multi-generational tales illustrating sections of British history. And, perhaps a bit terrifying...Wolf Hall is largely true.
Books about England: Essentials
No list of books about England would be complete without a section of "essentials!" While a few of these top the high school primer, don't hold that against them! And, of course, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is largely regarded as the best spy novel of all time, to keep you on the edge of your seat!
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I hope you enjoy reading about my "favourite" place in the world, even from the comfort of your own sofa! Let me know your favorite books about England in the comment section below! Cheers!
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