Bookpacking Through Europe: British Isles Part II

Can't make it to Europe to backpack? How about a "bookpack" through Europe? Travel through the British Isles with a selection of books, all from the comfort of your own home at no cost! You've traveled to the British Isles, but what about all the islands, you ask? Here we go!

The Isle of Man

  • Long Time Lost by Chris Ewan: A man prevents the murder of a woman living on the Isle of Man but devastating consequences follow.
  • Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh: A teenage girl must conquer her fear of the water when murders strike the island in 1913.

The Isle of Wight

  • Traitor's Storm by M.J. Trow: Playwright Christopher Marlowe is sent to the perhaps haunted Isle of Wight when an agent of Queen Elizabeth I goes missing. 
  • The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham: In the future, people have been blinded and an aggressive plant species tries to take over.
  • Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift: A man must deal with the death of his brother which dredges up family history. 
  • The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence: A married violin teacher falls for his student and they spend a week together on the Isle of Wight.

Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey)

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer: An author strikes up a correspondence with a man who lived on Guernsey when it was occupied by German soldiers during WWII.
  • The Devil's Claw by Lara Dearman: A journalist returns home to Guernsey only to find a drowned woman on a beach and is drawn into a web of deceit.
  • The Soldier's Wife by Margaret LeRoy: A mother falls for a German soldier occupying Guernsey while her husband is away fighting.
  • Paper Airplanes by Dawn O'Porter: A story of friendship between two girls set in the 1990s. For teens.


  • Call the Nurse by Mary J. MacLeod (nonfiction): A wife moves her family to a small cottage on the windswept Hebrides, thus becoming the island's only nurse.
  • Love of Country by Madeleine Bunting (nonfiction): For six years, a woman travels the Hebrides to understand their history and legacy.
  • The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine: A young woman inherits property and discovers bones beneath the floorboards as she renovates.
  • The Blackhouse by Peter May: A grieving father and detective finds a grisly murder case in the Outer Hebrides eerily resembles one in Edinburgh. 
  • The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne: To cope with the death of one of their twin daughters, a family moves to an isolated island only to learn that their daughters switched identities. 


  • The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (nonfiction): A young woman struggling with addiction moves back to her childhood home to be healed by the land and the ocean.
  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey: A retelling of Jane Eyre set in the 1950s on the remote Orkney Islands.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: A determined young man assembles pieces of the dead together to create life but instead finds terror.
  • Shadows of Death by Jeanne M. Dams: A husband and wife travel to to the Orkneys to see some Stone Age excavations but are drawn into a murder instead.


  • Raven Black by Anne Cleeves: First in a series. A neighbor girl is found murdered and the town blames the local eccentric. 
  • The Valley at the Centre of the World, opens a new window by Malachy Tallach. The happenings of a small rural community, isolated and facing extinction as people die or move away, over the course of ten months.
  • The Inheritance, opens a new window by Michael R. Phillips. First in trilogy. A woman learns she's to inherit property in the Shetlands after the clan's patriarch left no will.
  • Sacrifice, opens a new window by S.J Bolton. An obstetrician discovers the body of a recently pregnant woman after she and her husband move back to the Shetland Islands.

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