Whether you are planning a holiday in Dorset after the current situation with coronavirus is over, or you live in Dorset, this is where you can find your own Dorset in Books – guide books and maps, whodunnits and crime novels, modern and historical novels, classic literature, romantic fiction and holiday reads – all set in Dorset.
There are so many books to suit all tastes.
- Ian McEwen to Jane Austen
- Broadchurch to The French Lieutenant’s Woman
- The Salt Path to The Famous Five
- Plus a range of authors writing in different genres – romantic fiction, crime novels, thrillers…
Then there are photographic coffee table books, with gorgeous photos as a memory of a visit or a gift.
Below are some favourites. Or you can use the bar at the top of the page to find different types of books (or maps).
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Dorset in Books
Novels set in Dorset
Follow these links for books set in Dorset:
- Modern novels, holiday reads and romantic fiction
- Whodunnits and crime novels
- Classic literature
- Children’s books
Or for speed, you can go straight to buy using the Amazon link buttons here:
Many of the above are also available as audio CDs, such as:
History, Heritage and Factual Books
Below are some of the most read Dorset local history and heritage books, or facts and curiosities books.
Click here for the full list of Dorset’s history and heritage books, including:
Dorset Guide Books and Maps
You can see all the guide books and maps for Dorset here, including some of the favourites below:
See more photographic and pictorial books here.
Where Books in Dorset are set
Just some examples of where in Dorset some of the novels are set:
- Lyme Regis: Persuasion, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and novels about Mary Anning, such as Remarkable Creatures and Curiosity
- Dorchester: The Mayor of Casterbridge
- Bridport and West Bay: Broadchurch, The Chicken Soup Murder, Thomas Hardy’s Fellow Townsmen
- Chesil Beach: On Chesil Beach, What Doesn’t Kill You, Moonfleet
The books below follow – in very different ways – the South West Coast Path from Minehead in Somerset, all the way through North Devon, Cornwall and South Devon, finishing in Dorset:
- The South West Coast Path guide book from Cicerone
- The Salt Path, by Raynor Winn
- Travels With Boogie: 500 Mile Walkies, by Mark Wallington
Links to Articles and Blogs on Dorset’s Books
- Literary Dorset – the Visit Dorset website
- Dorset Locations that inspired Thomas Hardy – The Independent
- Literary Dorchester – the Discover Dorchester website
- Jane Austen, Persuasion and Lyme Regis – Lyme Regis Museum
- On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan – review in The Guardian
- Review of The Salt Path – The Independent
- This way to the ginger pop shop! The day I stepped into the pages of the Famous Five – The Guardian