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50 Books To Transport You To Another World

Liz Robinson

By Liz Robinson on 20th April 2020

We absolutely adore books that transport you elsewhere, when you can settle in and find yourself wholeheartedly in the world of the book. There really is nothing better than becoming completely consumed and feeling that slight confusion when you eventually surface back into your own version of reality. Here, we’ve picked books that really do take you out of yourself and allow you to explore. It may be that they take you to sunnier climes or another time, it could be a gentle lazy exploration, a transportive love story, or high octane thriller, sometimes you may even explore off-world. However, we have tried to pick a variety of fiction and non fiction, books from different genres, books that will make you laugh, ahhh, and quite possibly cry, and of course books where you are transported elsewhere for the entirety of the journey. 

A favourite book from our childhood years was an omnibus of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s books: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. Here we have chosen one of those stories, the one that really did transport us most beautifully into a magical world that celebrated nature. It's one of the books several of us still regularly reread - The Secret Garden is quite quite lovely.

It is no secret that Terry Pratchett is a particular favourite of ours, with several of us having been reading his novels since our teenage years, and even though his final book has been written,  we regularly go back and pick out some of our favourites. If you haven’t yet met Terry, we have selected the first book in the Discworld Series, as this is perhaps the most sensible place to start. Although he takes you to another world, and you will meet all manner of creatures from wizards to trolls, he really does have the magical ability to take the mickey out of the human race. He has regularly made us laugh, and he has always made us think.

Another much loved author is Guy Gavriel Kay, and we actually could have included all of his novels on this list! A reviewer once described his novels as historical with a quarter turn to fantasy, which we think is absolutely perfect. His books feel real, feel as though they are written about our past, yet the places are unknown, though they become much loved. He quite literally transports us with the beauty of his writing which delves into power struggles, battles and murder, love and loss. 

These books aren’t in a particular order, they do though, include some of our personal favourites. It is by no means an exhaustive list, we could actually go on and on and on! 

We hope that you will find some much loved friends here, but we also trust you will meet some new ones. 

Please share any books which you have adored, books that have transported you to another wonderful world...books you think deserve to be in this list and of course, why!

River of Stars

River of Stars

Author: Guy Gavriel Kay Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Breathtaking in it’s intensity and exquisitely written, find yourself transported to a reimagined China during the decline of the Song Dynasty. The way the author writes is unmistakable, yet again he’s delivered a masterpiece combining lyrical subtlety and heartrending beauty. The purposeful principal cast, with their faults, their flaws, are sometimes outshone by the splendid secondary characters and the vivid yet small inconsequential stories that highlight the choices, decisions, pathways that pepper and alter lives. You will find yourself wanting to race ahead to discover what’s around the next corner, and simultaneously take a slow stroll through the poetic pages to enable you to savour every delicious word.

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The Strange Library

The Strange Library

Author: Haruki Murakami Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/12/2014

This is a strange little book indeed; soulful, sorrowful and yet curiously engaging and charming. Translated from Japanese and including wonderful illustrations, drawings and photos, this quirky tale draws you into it’s deep dark secrets from the moment you turn the very first page. The illustrations have been beautifully considered and hold hands with the tale as it slinks and skulks along. Even though this is narrated by a schoolboy, with fairly simple language, this is anything but simplistic and childish. Sheep and doughnuts have appeared before in this author’s works - make of that what you will! As a word of warning, reading this may leave you wanting to run in the opposite direction from any little old men who happen to approach you in the library, especially if it has a basement, but it’s well worth that particular affliction.

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Wild Cards

Wild Cards

Author: George R. R. Martin, Richard Glyn Jones Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/11/2012

When you start to read you may doubt, as you get used to the set-up you may wonder, as you settle in you may find yourself well and truly addicted. Wake up to an alternative reality, where an alien virus turns the world upside down; death for most, survival for few, extraordinary afflictions for the Jokers, incredible superhuman abilities for the Aces. Different chapters are written by different authors (including Martin), however the world exists as a whole, as one, which leads to a fabulous range of distinct and diverse voices and viewpoints. A main character for one chapter, will pop up as a passer-by in another. You may well prefer some stories, some characters over others, however all, even the most abhorrent, feel so very real, this is by no means a fairy-tale world. Originally published in 1987, this expanded edition, following history from the end of World War Two, is a heavy-weight of a knock out. You do not have to be a science fiction and fantasy buff to enjoy this novel, George RR Martin has proven his more mainstream appeal with the ‘Game of Thrones’ series. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the unusual and bizarre side of life.

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