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Staycations in books

  • Submitted: 10th August 2021

Stay home with a good book and relax this summer!

You don’t have to go far to find drama…..The books in this selection are perfect for staying at home and enjoying. The people in them are either having staycations themselves, find home to be where the heart is, or want to find home in some way. In one novel, you might think the local community sounds nice, their houses along a canal charming…but you  would be wrong. You really don’t have to travel far to find the drama in this little lot!

Staycations in books


The Paper Palace Miranda Cowley Heller

A staycation in a summer camp at a large house? 

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

That is the setting in this novel. Before anyone else is awake, on a perfect August morning, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the glorious freshwater pond below ‘The Paper Palace’ — the gently decaying summer camp in the back woods of Cape Cod where her family has spent every summer for generations. The trouble is when memories come floating to the surface……Some holidays you really shouldn’t go back to.

Home Penny Parkes

Best to stay at home?

Home by Penny Parkes

Have a holiday by staying at home….in other people’s houses. That’s the job of the woman in this novel who actually manages to see a lot of places by staying in other people’s homes. The trouble is when you find something or see something you shouldn’t ….

The Ash Museum Rebecca Smith

Visit a museum

The Ash Museum by Rebecca Smith

Be guided to the museum of love, loss, migration and the search for somewhere to feel at home. This is a museum where the family in the novel keep their memories and most important posessions. It’s a museum of the past and of the future. You realise that each of the objects are linked to the history of the Ash family. This is their museum of memories and the objects reveal their family tree. Now that is one big staycation!

The Island Home Libby Page

Finding your home

The Island Home by Libby Page

After nearly twenty years, Abby and her daughter Ella are suddenly leaving London for the Isle of Kip, the tiny remote Scottish island where Lorna grew up. So, what about going to the place you are from for your home from home holiday?

A Slow Fire Burning Paula Hawkins

Get to know your local community

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

If where you live is as busy and full of drama as this place is, then you might want to stay home and twitch the curtains! All the characters here live along the Regents Canal in London and there is one drama after another….and they don’t have to go far to find it!

The Book lovers bucket list


And for those of you in the UK…

The Booklover’s Bucket List

You could find yourself a lovely literary holiday by picking somewhere close to home, that has links to literary locations! There are lots in this small but perfectly formed volume of bookish places to go. Think of it as a literary holiday package! Which it is when you think about it.

Those of you anywhere in the world…

Or you could choose a holiday by choosing a destination on The BookTrail and find books set in that very place…..



See here for more #BookTrailLiterarySettings

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Books set in the animal world

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