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Best books about England (fiction & non-fiction)

Our selection of the best books about England includes fiction and non-fiction titles. If you are looking for the best fiction or non-fiction book to read about England whether it is classic novels set in England, historical novels set in England or even books set in London we have a great selection to choose from.

Read on and discover our selection of the best books about England. We are constantly adding to this post based on suggestions from our Facebook group – UK Travel Planning – plus any new books we discover.

If there is a category you would like us to include please get in touch! Also if you are specifically looking for UK travel guide books we have a post dedicated to that particular topic which you can find here.

Books about England - sign for the British library.

Best books about England : Non -fiction

Coffee table books about England

Highgrove: An English Country Garden
The English Country House: From the Archives of Country Life
Buckingham Palace: The Interiors
The Most Beautiful Villages of England
Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds
English Gardens: From the Archives of Country Life Magazine
Our Hearts Are in England
  • Our Hearts Are in EnglandTravel along scenic byways to visit quaint villages, glorious gardens, and quintessential cottages in this beautifully designed book.

Books about English culture, life, language and travel

Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home
Counting Sheep
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Notes from a Small Island
Put The Kettle On: An American’s Guide to British Slang, Telly and Tea
How to Speak Brit: The Quintessential Guide to the King’s English, Cockney Slang, and Other Flummoxing British Phrases
Understanding The British: A hilarious guide from Apologising to Wimbledon
Watching The English
  • Watching The English Kate Fox looks beyond the superficial differences to reveal the unwritten rules that define English national identity and character. 
  • How to Speak Brit: Discover the origins of English sayings, slang and idioms in this charming little book.
  • Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson’s irreverent and hilarious journey through the beloved island nation he called home for two decades.
  • Counting Sheep Want to know what kind of sheep you are walking or driving past in England? This is the book for you!
  • Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home An autobiography and memoir of a nanny in 1980s London who lands a job looking after the children of the editor of theLondon Review of Books”. Her letters reflect an entertaining account of her life working for the family for 5 years.

Historical books about England

1066 And All That: A Memorable History of England
Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors
The English and Their History
Great Tales from English History
  • Great Tales from English History Discover the stories that made England — from Ethelred the Unready to Richard the Lionheart, the Venerable Bede to Piers the Ploughman.

Books set in England – Fiction

Popular fiction

  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is an award winning novel about a woman who lives her life over and over again.
  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan is a fun royal romance inspired by Wills and Kate featuring an American girl who moves to Oxford and falls in love with the heir to the crown.
  • Mrs England by Stacey Halls – Set in the North Yorkshire moors in 1904 the book tells the story of chidren’s nurse Ruby May who takes a job in a remote mansion in Yorkshire.
  • White teeth by Zadie Smith is based around the lives of two friends Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal who become friends during World War II.

Historical fiction

Lionheart: A Novel
Wolf Hall
The Evening and the Morning
Tudor Court Series – 6 books – The Boleyn Inheritance / The Other Boleyn Girl / The Other Queen / The Constant Princess / The Virgins Lover / The Queens Fool
The Railway Detective (Inspector Robert Colbeck)
  • A King’s Ransom: A Novel Sharon Penman follows up her acclaimed novel Lionheart with the vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard I of England, Coeur de Lion.
  • Tudor Court Series consists of 6 books The Boleyn Inheritance, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Other Queen, The Constant Princess, The Virgins Lover and The Queens Fool.
  • The Evening and the Morning The thrilling and addictive prequel to The Pillars of the Earth set in England at the dawn of a new era: the Middle Ages
  • Wolf HallA fictionalised look at the rise of Thomas Cromwell and winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize.

Classic English novels

British Library Crime Classics Collection 23 Books Set
The Charles Dickens Collection
The Complete Bronte Collection
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Best books about London

London’s Museums and Galleries: Exploring the Best of the City’s Art and Culture
National Geographic London Book of Lists: The City’s Best, Worst, Oldest, Greatest, and Quirkiest
The London Book: Highlights of a Fascinating City
Pretty Little London: A Seasonal Guide to the City’s Most Instagrammable Places
London in Bloom
prettycitylondon: Discovering London’s Beautiful Places
London: A Travel Guide Through Time
Bizarre London: Discover the Capital’s Secrets & Surprises
  • London: A Travel Guide Through Time  – Guide to six extraordinary periods in London’s history—the ages of Shakespeare, medieval city life, plague, coffee houses, the reign of Victoria and the Blitz.
  • London in BloomLondon in Bloom showcases the floral abundance of the English capital’s extraordinary parks, gardens, florists, and flower markets.

Best books about England for kids

Mission London: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Hey Kids! Let’s Visit London England: Fun, Facts and Amazing Discoveries for Kids
Good Night England
Katie In London
Theodore’s British Adventure
  • Katie In LondonCome on a magical tour with Katie and discover London’s most famous sights!