Well travelled reads: lockdown travel fiction for 2021

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For some, fewer opportunities to travel over the last 12 months has meant more time to read. And with a flurry of fantastic new fiction in 2021 and a shelf of classic travel books to choose from, that’s no bad thing. Escapism through the words of stories that allow you to effortlessly travel without leaving home is no new phenomenon, but amidst a global pandemic, getting lost in a fantasy set in a far-flung place has become a lifeline.

Go exploring with 37 of the best books to escape the pandemic, including six impressive new fiction books out in 2021 and a few classics in there too because, how could we not mention them?

37 escapist lockdown reads to travel with:

1. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

Where: North Carolina, USA

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2. The Chalet, by Catherine Cooper

Where: French Alps

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3. Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

Where: Cinque Terre, Italy

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4. Around the World in 80 trains, by Monisha Rajesh

Where: London to Russia and Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan and beyond…

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5. A season in the Snow, by Isla Gordon

Where: Switzerland

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6. Strange Weather in Tokyo, by Hiromi Kawakami

Where: Japan

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7. Next year in Havana, Chanel Kleeton

Where: Cuba

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8. Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

Where: Southern Georgia, USA

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9. The Year of Living Danishly, by Helen Russell

Where: Denmark

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10. Messy Wonderful Us, by Catherine Isaac

Where: Sirmione, Lake Garda

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11. Florida by Lauren Groff

Where: Florida, USA

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12. If you could go anywhere, Paige Toon

Where: Rome, Italy

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13. The Hungover Games, by Sophie Heawood

Where: Hollywood, Los Angeles

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14. A Summer Reunion, by Fanny Blake

Where: Mallorca

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15. Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave

Where: Montauk, New York (USA)

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16. Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan

Where: Singapore

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17. A Year and a Day, by Isabelle Broom

Where: Prague

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18. The Paris Hours by Alex George

Where: Paris, France

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19. The Next Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Where: New York City and The Hamptons

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20. The little Swiss Ski Chalet, by Julie Caplin

Where: Swiss Alps

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21. The 24 hour café, by Libby Page

Where: London, England

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22. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, by Lola Shoneyin

Where: Ibadan, Nigeria

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23. The Long, Long Afternoon, by Inga Vesper

Where: California (in 1959)

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24. Victoria Park, by Gemma Reeves

Where: London, England

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25. Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Where: California, USA

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26. Summer at the Kindness café, by Victoria Walters

Where: Worcestershire (or, a fictional place just like it)

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27. Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler

Where: New York City

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28. We Are All Birds Of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan

Where: Uganda, Africa (in 1960s)

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29. But Beautiful, by Geoff Dyer

Where: Deep South, USA

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30. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Where: Mykonos, Greece, London, England and Marin, California,

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31. How To Kidnap The Rich by Rahul Raina

Where: India


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32. Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Where: Mexico

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33. How We Are Translated by Jessica Gaitan Johannesson

Where: Nowhere. And, everywhere

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34. The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

Where: Scotland

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35. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Where: Taiwan, China

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36. The Little Café in Copenhagen, by Julie Caplin

Where:Copenhagen

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37. The Blue Bistro, by Elin Hilderbrand

Where: Nantucket, Massachusetts

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