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Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Books Set in Your Own Country

Top 5 Tuesday.jpgCome closer children for I am about to whisper you a secret….

I live in the UK.

What do you mean, ‘that’s not a secret?!’ How dare you! I have hidden this so well.

*Ignores book blog name*

For today’s topic Shanah at Bionic Book Worm has asked us to pick our top 5 books that are set in our own country.

Now because I live in the UK there is anΒ abundanceΒ of books that I could choose from. Like, overkill of books. It wasn’t a case of ‘how do I go about finding a book’ as it was ‘how do I even try to narrow it down?’

What I decided to do was pick locations that mean something to me and find books that are set (fully or partially) in those places.

Here we go!




Watership Down

Watership Down aka one of the most depressing and traumatizing books ever to be written for children. No scratch that, one of the most depressing and traumatizing books ever to be written. Full stop.

Watership Down is a real place in Hampshire, England and I don’t know what its like for rabbits but it is twee, very English and contains Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed. Plus pubs.

This means something to me because I live near it!




And Then There Were None.jpg

And Then There Were None (previously Ten Little Indians as the cover says) is one of my favourite Agatha Christie novels.

It was very different from a lot of her previous novels in that there is no detective to solve the mystery and everyone is isolated on a lone Devon island where they harbor secrets and get picked off by a murderer.

My experiences of Devon included eating fish and chips at the Plymouth barbican, getting clotted cream tea’s and generally enjoying the student life.

So why does this have meaning for me? Well like any good murder mystery the clue has been given – this is where I was a university student.


The Tale of Peter Rabbit

It’s not just The Tale of Peter Rabbit but all the works of Beatrix Potter are set in the Lake District because that’s where she lived and that’s where she loved.

The Lake District has a gentle, slow charm to it where people will feed you food portions that are larger then your head and where you will find endless supplies of local sticky toffee pudding to eat.

The Lake District has produced numerous artists, poets and writers and its easy to see why when the sun makes the water sparkle and the rolling hills seem endlessly green. There’s a lazy feel to the Lake District but one that’s very much welcomed.

It means something to me because I went on a very relaxing holiday here!




Brighton Rock

Confession: I’ve never read Brighton Rock but one of the places I decided to choose was based on ‘a place that I like to visit’ and one of my favourite places is the seaside town of Brighton.

I do, indeed, like to be beside the seaside and though Brighton doesn’t have sandy beaches it does have a pier, The Lanes and a slightly lingering smell of hemp in certain areas. Brighton manages to be historic, modern, vintage and hipster all at the same time and I don’t know of any other place that can pull that off.

Because I thought of Brighton I immediately thought of Brighton Rock. Obviously.




Mythago Wood

I’ve never even heard of Mythago Wood but one of the places I wanted to choose was a place that I loved and visited a lot as a child.

I have incredibly strong, fond memories of Herefordshire as a child as that’s where my grandparents lived so off I went to find what books (if any) were set in the county that gave me the chance to spend my childhood playing among hay bales and experiencing sheep dips (they owned a small holding farm).

The wonderful thing is that, because of this list, I’ve now discovered a book that I’ve never heard of that I now want to read! Awesome.


Here are my books that are set in my country and I went oddly specific because I am specifically odd.

Nah, I just wanted to narrow it down. Goodness knows how many books are set in the UK and I just didn’t want them to all be about London.

Until next time!


31 thoughts on “Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Books Set in Your Own Country

    1. Thank you Kathy πŸ™‚ I wanted to explore some meaningful connections with it.

      Gosh, I didn’t even notice the bunny thing – ha! We *do* seem to have a thing about it. Probably because we’ve had them drummed into our brains since childhood!

      I was obsessed with Mrs. Tiggly-Winkle when I was little, she’s still my number one Beatrix Potter character!

      Is that the BBC one with Charles Dance? Yes I did, it was very grim and I loved it!

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      1. I loved it too! I swear, Charles Dance makes EVERYTHING amazing.

        Completely unrelated but also kind of related story that just popped into my head because of the whole bunny thing: one of my friends went to University on Victoria Island and when I went visiting there were rabbits on the grounds EVERYWHERE (they said the number was nearly a thousand, I think?) And turns out that was kind of the university’s thing–bunnies on campus. *I* thought it was heaven, but not the university staff, apparently, because they flew most of them out into other countries. And the students held protests and everything. It was a whole saga.

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        1. Charles Dance is awesome! There’s a comedy quiz that’s on TV in the UK hosted by a comedian called The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and they get Charles Dance to read out sections of naff celebrity autobiographies published that year and the contestants have to guess the book. It’s great because Charles Dance does it so well!

          Oh I love that bunny story though, it’s quirky things like that that you’d never think happen in the real world and when they do it’s so charming!


  1. Aww, I love the way you focused this with the locations, Gerry! You live in the most wonderful country with all kinds of things to see and do and beautiful places to go with so much history. I definitely have to visit the UK again and apparently I need to read all these books too!

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    1. It looks like a hefty book and a hefty series so I understand your nerves! I don’t know if I’ll read it soon but I’ve added it onto my TBR so fingers crossed!

      If you like murder mystery then give And Then There Were None a go, personally I really enjoy it!

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  2. Now I MUST read Watership Down and And Then There Were None! I consider it my life mission to discover all the most depressing books out there (cuz I’m depressing), and I personally want to read more of Agatha Christie books. (I read Murder on the Orient Express, and it was fun, but not mind-blowing?) Also, Mythago Wood sounds wonderful – be sure to let me know if it IS as good as it sounds.

    Lastly btw, may I just mention that all the books you talk about in this post SEEM very British. I don’t know why, but they just strike me that way. πŸ˜‚

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    1. And Then There Were None isn’t depressing (though Watership Down absolutely is!) but it’s my favourite Agatha Christie because of reasons which I can’t give away without spoiling. Let’s just say it soothes the dark part of my soul!

      Oddly I don’t think the books are typically British aside from anything by Beatrix Potter but I think they may seem that way because I’ve tied them into very British things πŸ˜› Like pubs! I love a pub!

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      1. Totally putting it on my TBR then! It sounds super intriguing, which I’m sure it is considering who the author is. πŸ˜‰

        And girl, pubs are amazing! Like, I would live in one if I could, though I don’t know what that says about me… 🍺🍺🍺

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    1. I adore Beatrix Potter, I was hugely obsessed with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. I’ve just checked out your list and seen that you’ve included and Then There Were None. It’s my favourite crime mystery for sure. I’ve also seen that you’ve included The Woman in Black. I’ve seen the stage play but haven’t read the book yet, the play was excellent if not immensely terrifying!


    1. I saw your post! I’m still having trouble commenting on it btw, I just can’t post anything! When I see Belgium I immediately think of Poirot, I know he’s written by an English writer but I always think of him when I think of Belgium. Well that and Bruges which is just gorgeous and I’m jealous of anyone who lives there.


    1. I hope you manage to visit the Lake District because it is a lovely place. Considering as I live in the UK it took me many years to visit because I tend to find most people don’t act like tourists in their own country but I’m so glad I did!

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