Come 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 an abundance 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 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 (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.
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!
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.
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!