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The books you can find here are a mix of fiction and non-fiction. They have been organized by primary setting, and if they have two main settings, I’ve put them under both countries.

AFRICA | ASIA | AUSTRALIA & PACIFIC | EUROPE | MIDDLE EAST | NORTH AMERICA | SOUTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN | UNITED KINGDOM |


AFRICA

BENIN
Akpan, Uwem: Say You’re One of Them

BOTSWANA
McCall Smith, Alexander: The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

EGYPT
Moran, Michelle: Nefertiti
Wilson, G Willow: Cairo

ETHIOPIA
Akpan, Uwem: Say You’re One of Them
Gibb, Camilla: Sweetness in the Belly

GHANA
Hendrie, Doug: AmalgaNations: How Globalisation is Good

KENYA
Akpan, Uwem: Say You’re One of Them
Hemingway, Earnest: True at First Light
Walker, Rebecca: Adé: A Love Story
Walters, Eric: Alexandria of Africa

LIBERIA
Banks, Russell: The Darling
Walker, Alice: The Color Purple

NIGERIA
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: Half of a Yellow Sun
Akpan, Uwem: Say You’re One of Them
Cleave, Chris: Little Bee
Ferguson, Will: 419

RWANDA
Akpan, Uwem: Say You’re One of Them
Courtemanche, Gil: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali
Parkin, Gaile: Baking Cakes in Kigali

SIERRA LEONE
Beah, Ishmael: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

SOUTH AFRICA
Coetzee, JM: Disgrace
Gordimer, Nadine: July’s People
McVeigh, Jennifer: The Fever Tree

SUDAN
Eggers, David: What is the What
Hari, Daoud: The Translator
Okorafor, Nnedi: Who Fears Death
Park, Linda Sue: A Long Walk to Water
Schnell, Melanie: While the Sun is Above Us

TANZANIA
Gurnah, Abdulrazak: Paradise

UGANDA
Piatigorsky, Anton: The Iron Bridge

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ASIA

CAMBODIA
Cornwell, Autumn: Carpe Diem
Piatigorsky, Anton: The Iron Bridge
Ryman, Geoff: The King’s Last Song

BANGLADESH
Ali, Monica: Brick Lane
Anam, Tahmima: The Good Muslim

CHINA
Buck, Pearl S: The Good Earth
Hua, Yu: Cries in the Drizzle
See, Lisa: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Sijie, Dai: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Wu, Fan: February Flowers

INDIA
Desai, Kiran: The Inheritance of Loss
Forster, EM: A Passage to India
Martel, Yann: Life of Pi
Roy, Arundhati: The God of Small Things

INDONESIA
Hendrie, Doug: AmalgaNations: How Globalisation is Good

JAPAN
Kirino, Natsuo: Out
Murakami, Haruki: After Dark
Murakami, Haruki: Norwegian Wood
Ogawa, Yoko: Hotel Iris
Sun, Amanda: Ink
Takami, Koushun: Battle Royale
Tamayose, Darcy: Odori
Tsutsui, Yasutaka: The Maid

MALAYSIA
Cornwell, Autumn: Carpe Diem

PAKISTAN
Hamid, Mohsin: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Hanif, Mohammed: A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Mortenson, Greg & David Oliver Relin: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time

PHILIPPINES
Hendrie, Doug: AmalgaNations: How Globalisation is Good
Syjuco, Miguel: Ilustrado

SOUTH KOREA
Hendrie, Doug: AmalgaNations: How Globalisation is Good
Jo, Kyung Ran: Tongue
Kim, Young-Ha: I Have the Right to Destroy Myself

SRI LANKA
Freeman, Ru: A Disobedient Girl
Selvadurai, Shyam: Cinnamon Gardens

TIBET
Rideout, Tanis: Above All Things

VIETNAM
Thúy, Kim: Ru

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AUSTRALIA & PACIFIC

AUSTRALIA
Abdel-Fattah, Randa: Does My Head Look Big in This?
Ackers, Elise K: The Man Plan
Alexander, Nicole: The Bark Cutters
Bail, Murray: Eucalyptus
Bail, Murray: The Pages
Booth, Christina: Welcome Home
Buzo, Laura: Love and Other Perishable Items
Callen, Alissa: What Love Sounds Like
Chauncy, Nan: A Fortune for the Brave
Duigan, Virginia: The Precipice
Flanagan, Richard: The Unknown Terrorist
Flanagan, Richard: Wanting
Flanagan, Richard: The Narrow Road to the Deep North
French, Jackie: Diary of a Wombat
French, Jackie: The Road to Gundagai
French, Jackie: Let the Land Speak – A History of Australia: How the land created our nation
Funder, Anna: All That I Am
Gee, Poppy: Bay of Fires
Gwynne, Phillip: Deadly Unna?
Hathorn, Libby: Thunderwith
Heiss, Anita: I’m Not Racist, But…
Johns, Rachael: Outback Dreams
Ladd, Kylie: Mothers and Daughters
Lindsay, Norman: The Magic Pudding
MacColl, Mary-Rose: In Falling Snow
McCallum, Fiona: Time Will Tell
McCullough, Colleen: The Thorn Birds
Milburne, Melanie: Dr Chandler’s Sleeping Beauty
Moriarty, Jaclyn: I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes
Moriarty, Jaclyn: The Year of Secret Assignments
Moriarty, Liane: The Hypnotist’s Love Story
Nowra, Louis: Into That Forest
O’Reilly, PA: The Fine Colour of Rust
Overend, Sunni: March
Park, Ruth: Playing Beatie Bow
Pilkington Garimara, Doris: Rabbit-Proof Fence
Simsion, Graeme: The Rosie Project
Stedman, ML: The Light Between Oceans
Stringer, Tricia: Right as Rain
Tranter, Kirsten: The Legacy
Tsiolkas, Christos: Barracuda
Zorn, Claire: The Sky So Heavy

BORA BORA
Jio, Sarah: The Bungalow

FIJI
Wright, Ronald: Henderson’s Spear

NEW ZEALAND

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Jones, Lloyd: Mister Pip

TAHITI
Boyne, John: Mutiny on the Bounty
Wright, Ronald: Henderson’s Spear

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EUROPE

AUSTRIA
Piatigorsky, Anton: The Iron Bridge

BELGIUM
Brijs, Stefan: The Angel Maker
Verhulst, Dimitri: The Misfortunates

BOSNIA
Sacco, Joe: Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995

CROATIA
Dragnić, Nataša: Every Day, Every Hour

DENMARK
Clevin, Jørgen: Rasmus
Kaaberbøl, Lene & Agnete Friis: The Boy in the Suitcase

FRANCE
Belfoure, Charles: The Paris Architect
Booy, Simon Van: The Illusion of Separateness
Bowen, Elizabeth: The House in Paris
Buchanan, Cathy Marie: The Painted Girls
Child, Julia & Alex Prud’homme: My Life in France
Delacourt, Grégoire: The List of My Desires
Dragnić, Nataša: Every Day, Every Hour
Druckerman, Pamela: Bringing up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
Dumas, Alexandre: One Thousand and One Ghosts
Fitzgerald, F Scott: Tender is the Night
Fleming, Ian: Casino Royale
Grémillon, Hélène: The Confidant
King, Laurie R: The Bones of Paris
Kohler, Sheila: The Bay of Foxes
Leroux, Gaston: The Phantom of the Opera
LeTourneau, Marie: The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Frères
MacColl, Mary-Rose: In Falling Snow
Maksik, Alexander: You Deserve Nothing
Némirovsky, Irène: Suite Française
Perkins, Stephanie: Anna and the French Kiss
Plum, Amy: Die For Me
Réage, Pauline: Story of O
Richardson, CS: The Emperor of Paris
Sagan, Françoise: That Mad Ache
Schmitt, Eric-Emmanuel: The Most Beautiful Book in the World
Stendhal: The Red and the Black
Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair
Tod, MK: Unravelled

GEORGIA
Piatigorsky, Anton: The Iron Bridge

GERMANY
Davidson, Andrew: The Gargoyle
Funder, Anna: All That I Am
Grant, Helen: The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
Schlink, Bernhard: The Reader
Zusak, Markus: The Book Thief

GREECE
Aeschylus: Oresteia
Bernières, Louis de: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

HUNGARY
Kay, Ailsa: Under Budapest

ICELAND
Indriðason, Arnaldur: Jar City
Verne, Jules: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

ITALY
Beyer, Kat: The Demon Catchers of Milan
Heller, Joseph: Catch-22
Kohler, Sheila: The Bay of Foxes
Lovric, Michelle: The Undrowned Child
Peterfreund, Diana: Rampant
Quinn, Kate: The Serpent and the Pearl
Quiviger, Pascale: The Perfect Circle
Shakespeare, William: Othello (The Pelican Shakespeare)
Shakespeare, William: Othello (Cambridge School Shakespeare)
Slatton, Traci L: Immortal
Virgil: The Aeneid

NETHERLANDS
Koch, Herman: Summer House with Swimming Pool
Wieringa, Tommy: Joe Speedboat

POLAND
Boyne, John: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

ROMANIA
Stoker, Bram: Dracula

RUSSIA
Bulgakov, Mikhail: Heart of a Dog
Cole, Kresley: The Professional: Part 1
Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment
Hornung, Eva: Dog Boy
Koestler, Arthur: Darkness at Noon
Lukyanenko, Sergei: The Night Watch
Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
Whitcomb, Laura: The Fetch

SPAIN
Hemingway, Earnest: Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises

SWEDEN
Larsson, Stieg: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Larsson, Stieg: The Girl Who Played With Fire
Larsson, Stieg: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

TURKEY
Duffy, Stella: Theodora
Shafak, Elif: The Bastard of Istanbul
Westerfeld, Scott: Behemoth

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MIDDLE EAST

AFGHANISTAN
Hosseini, Khaled: The Kite Runner
Mortenson, Greg & David Oliver Relin: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time

IRAN
Crowther, Yasmin: The Saffron Kitchen
Mossanen, Dora Levy: Scent of Butterflies
Satrapi, Marjane: The Complete Persepolis

IRAQ

ISRAEL
Gavron, Assaf: Almost Dead
Ragen, Naomi: Jephte’s Daughter
Ravel, Edeet: Ten Thousand Lovers
Ravel, Edeet: Look For Me

PALESTINE
Abulhawa, Susan: Mornings in Jenin
Carter, Anne Laurel: The Shepherd’s Granddaughter
Dabbagh, Selma: Out of It
Gavron, Assaf: Almost Dead
Moore, Christopher: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

SAUDI ARABIA
Ferraris, Zoë: Finding Nouf

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NORTH AMERICA

CANADA
Atwood, Margaret: Cat’s Eye
Bergen, David: The Age of Hope
Bruneau, Carole: Berth
Choy, Wayson: The Jade Peony
Donoghue, Emma: Astray
Ferguson, Will: 419
Fotheringham, Scott: The Rest is Silence
Grant, Jessica: Come, Thou Tortoise
Hayes, Derek: The Maladjusted
Hill, Lawrence: The Book of Negroes
Hrdlitschka, Shelley: Sister Wife
Juby, Susan: The Woefield Poultry Collective
Kaufman, Andrew: The Tiny Wife
Kay, Ailsa: Under Budapest
Kobayashi, Tamai: Prairie Ostrich
Kohn, Michael: Greener Than Eden
Luke, Pearl: Madame Zee
Maharaj, Rabindranath: The Amazing Absorbing Boy
Martel, Yann: Life of Pi
Montgomery, LM: Jane of Lantern Hill
Montgomery, LM: A Tangled Web
O’Neill, Heather: Lullabies for Little Criminals
Quiviger, Pascale: The Perfect Circle
Ruddock, Nicholas: The Parabolist
Tamayose, Darcy: Odori
Thúy, Kim: Ru
Tod, MK: Unravelled
Van Camp, Richard: The Lesser Blessed
Vanderveen, Sherri: Belle Falls
Whitlock, Nathan: A Week of This
Whittall, Zoe: Bottle Rocket Hearts
Winter, Kathleen: Annabel
Wright, Ronald: Henderson’s Spear

MEXICO
Berman, Sabina: Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World
Esquivel, Laura: Like Water For Chocolate
Grande, Reyna: Across a Hundred Mountains

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Abbott, Megan: The Fever
Booy, Simon Van: The Illusion of Separateness
Buten, Howard: When I Was Five I Killed Myself
Chabon, Michael: Wonder Boys
Chabon, Michael: The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
Chabon, Michael: Telegraph Avenue
Chaon, Dan: You Remind Me of Me
Croteau, Jon Derek: My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within
Cush, Jean Love: Endangered
Daniel, Susanna: Sea Creatures
Davidson, Andrew: The Gargoyle
deWitt, Patrick: The Sisters Brothers
Disch, Thomas M: Camp Concentration
Dixon, Dianne: The Book of Someday
Donoghue, Emma: Astray
Donohue, Meg: All the Summer Girls
Ferguson, Will: Spanish Fly
Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Love of the Last Tycoon
Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Fitzgerald, F Scott: The Great Gatsby
Franzen, Jonathan: The Corrections
Garner, Anna: Lying To Meet You
Garner, Anna: Sugar Spun Sister
Gist, Deeanne: A Bride Most Begrudging
Goolrick, Robert: A Reliable Wife
Grant, Stephanie: Map of Ireland
Green, Jane: The Beach House
Groff, Lauren: The Monsters of Templeton
Gruen, Sara: Water For Elephants
Gudenkauf, Heather: One Breath Away
Hamid, Mohsin: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Hammett, Dashiell: The Thin Man
Hansberry, Lorraine: A Raisin in the Sun
Hill, Lawrence: The Book of Negroes
Inclán, Jessica Barksdale: How to Bake a Man
Jackson, Joshilyn: Someone Else’s Love Story
Jamison, Leslie: The Gin Closet
Jordan, Hillary: When She Woke
Kingsolver, Barbara: Flight Behavior
Kirn, Walter: Up in the Air
Klomparens, Shawn: Jessica Z.
Krauss, Nicole: The History of Love
Learner, Tobsha: Soul
Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
Lindner, April: Jane
Martin, Steve: Shopgirl
Millhauser, Steven: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
Mochari, Ilan: Zinsky the Obscure
Mossanen, Dora Levy: Scent of Butterflies
O’Reilly, Paddy: The Wonders
Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita
Nutting, Alissa: Tampa
Pessl, Marisha: Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Priest, Cherie: Boneshaker
Riley, Peggy: Amity & Sorrow
Riley, Rhonda: The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
Robuck, Erika: Call Me Zelda
Rowell, Rainbow: Attachments
Rowell, Rainbow: Eleanor & Park
Scott, James: The Kept
Shane, Trevor: Children of Paranoia
Sloan, Robin: Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Smith, Zadie: On Beauty
Sorrentino, Sheryl: The Floater
Sorrentino, Sheryl: Stage Daughter
Szczepanski, Marian: Playing St Barbara
Tranter, Kirsten: The Legacy
Walker, Alice: The Color Purple
Walker, Karen Thompson: The Age of Miracles
Walsh, Heather: The Drake Equation
Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome
Wright, Ronald: What is America? A Short History of the New World Order

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SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

COLOMBIA
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude

CUBA
Wixon, Lisa: Dirty Blonde and Half-Cuban

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Piatigorsky, Anton: The Iron Bridge

EL SALVADOR
Moya, Horatio Castellanos: Dance with Snakes

GUATEMALA
Hale, Amanda: The Reddening Path

JAMAICA
Cezair-Thompson, Margaret: The Pirate’s Daughter

PANAMA
Aira, César: Varamo

PERU
Llosa, Mario Vargas: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Maharaj, Rabindranath: The Amazing Absorbing Boy

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UNITED KINGDOM

ENGLAND
Adams, Richard: Watership Down
Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice
Bond, Michael: A Bear Called Paddington
Bracewell, Patricia: Shadow on the Crown
Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights
Bowen, Elizabeth: The House in Paris
Bracewell, Patricia: Shadow on the Crown
Brooke, Amanda: Yesterday’s Sun
Butler, Samuel: The Way of All Flesh
Carey, MR: The Girl With All the Gifts
Carré, John le: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Clark, Clare: The Nature of Monsters
Cleave, Chris: Little Bee
Dahl, Roald: Danny The Champion of the World
Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations
Donoghue, Emma: Astray
Eagland, Jane: Wildthorn
Fallon, Jane: Getting Rid of Matthew
Ferguson, Rachel: The Brontës Went to Woolworths
Flanagan, Richard: Wanting
Funder, Anna: All That I Am
Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford
Gemmell, Nikki: I Take You
Gibbons, Stella: Cold Comfort Farm
Gibbons, Stella: Nightingale Wood
Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Hardy, Thomas: Jude the Obscure
Hazzard, Shirley: The Transit of Venus
Jerome, Jerome K: Three Men in a Boat
Jones, Sadie: The Outcast
Jones, Sadie: The Uninvited Guests
Kinsella, Sophie: Remember Me?
Kinsella, Sophie: I’ve Got Your Number
Lewycka, Marina: A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian
Malkani, Gautam: Londonstani
Maurier, Daphne du: Frenchman’s Creek
McEwan, Ian: Enduring Love
Mills, Magnus: The Maintenance of Headway
Moggach, Deborah: Heartbreak Hotel
Morgan, Jude: Indiscretion
Novik, Mary: Conceit
Orczy, Baroness Emmuska: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Phillips, Marie: Gods Behaving Badly
Rideout, Tanis: Above All Things
Rose, MJ: Seduction
Rosoff, Meg: How I Live Now
Rowling, JK: The Casual Vacancy
Sandell, Lisa Ann: Song of the Sparrow
Setterfield, Diane: The Thirteenth Tale
Shaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Simonson, Helen: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Stoker, Bram: Dracula
Suzuma, Tabitha: Forbidden
Swerling, Beverly: Bristol House
Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair
Tobin, Sophia: The Silversmith’s Wife
Turner, Karen: Torn
Watson, SJ: Before I Go to Sleep
Wiles, Will: Care of Wooden Floors
Wolf, Jack: The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones
Wright, Ronald: Henderson’s Spear

IRELAND
Murray, Paul: Skippy Dies
Swann, Leonie: Three Bags Full: a Sheep Detective Story

ISLE OF GUERNSEY
Shaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

ISLE OF JERSEY
Rose, MJ: Seduction

SCOTLAND
Colgan, Jenny T: Doctor Who: Dark Horizons
Faber, Michel: Under The Skin
Fagan, Jenni: The Panopticon
Gabaldon, Diana: Outlander
Gabaldon, Diana: Dragonfly in Amber
O’Farrell, Maggie: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Wilson, Scarlet: Her Christmas Eve Diamond

WALES
Davies, Peter Ho: The Welsh Girl
James, Eloisa: When Beauty Tamed the Beast
Moggach, Deborah: Heartbreak Hotel
Penman, Sharon Kay: Here Be Dragons
Williams, Charlotte: The House on the Cliff

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