August 16: Top Ten Books Set In Multiple Countries
This week’s prompt was to do with settings: I love books that feature travel in some form or another, so decided to incorporate the two. Most of these books jump between countries as an important plot device (though one – I’m looking at you Gorsky – merely employs it to indicate extreme wealth). I’d love to visit many of the countries stated in their pages.
1. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
I think it would be easier to list the countries this book wasn’t set! The main strands occur in the USA, Turkey, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia – strangely I’m only interested in visiting (or returning to in this case) two of these countries!
2. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Primarily set in the USA, there is a plot strand that leads Bella and Alice to Italy (both beautiful countries I want to revisit).
3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This novel features Australian characters who visit the USA (there seems to be a theme developing). I’ve never been to Australia, but it is one of the country’s highest on my bucket list.
4. Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
Set in the UK (London) and the French Alps, travel and exploration is a key theme of the Alex Rider series.
5. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Told by a Brighton based blogger (pretty much Zoe’s doppelgänger), she visits New York City with her family, and inadvertently falls in love with a pop star.
6. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Primarily told in Switzerland and Italy (as well as beginning in the USA), this novel is intense and combines the scientific and the religious.
7. Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy
Centered around a Russian billionaire living in London, characters are known to jet-off (to Greece) purely to advertise their wealth. Well, if the shoe fits…
8. Tripwire by Lee Child
Name a country a Jack Reacher novel hasn’t taken place in?! Whilst Jack was based in the USA in this one, there was a lot of detail about Vietnam and a past war crime that he was uncovering.
9. Foe by J.M. Coetzee
A re-telling of Robinson Crusoe sees Susan shipwrecked on an island. Her travels took her all over the globe (primarily South America) to find her abducted daughter.
10. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Predominantly based in the UK, it also includes a fabulous section in Mauritius, and a less fabulous, but equally poignant trip to Switzerland.
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