Favourite fictional getaways by Team BATC
For most of us, holiday memories fade faster than our wonky tan lines. But great books have the power to whisk you away to a place you’ll remember forever. We asked our brilliant authors to tell us about their favourite fictional getaways, from romantic Venetian canals to the Florida Keys.
Dani Atkins, author of Our Song
After devouring Paige Toon’s The Longest Holiday I have always wanted to visit Florida’s Key West where this perfect summer read is set. Although I’ve visited Florida several times, I’ve never ventured down to the Keys. The Longest Holiday made me realise there are many other attractions in Florida beyond one extremely large mouse!
Holly Hepburn, author of Summer at the Star and Sixpence
Ooh, this is tough! Maybe Zakynthos, as featured in My Map of You by Isabelle Broome – but I also love 1950s Rome from The Affair by Gill Paul or Scarlett Bailey’s Poldore in Cornwall… Argh, I can’t decide!
Penny Parkes, author of Out of Practice
I had not long returned from Venice when I first picked up The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato and was transported back there in a matter of moments. Billowing, sweeping intrigue and romance in one of my favourite places. Next time I go, I’m taking this novel with me.
Heidi Swain, author of Summer at Skylark Farm
I’m an absolute sucker for a stunning setting, so I’ve chosen A Summer to Remember by the very lovely Victoria Connelly. I read this novel a couple of years ago and although not a ‘summer getaway’ (it’s set deep in the beautiful Norfolk countryside), the exquisite setting has stayed with me even though I’ve read dozens of books since.
Santa Montefiore, author of Daughters of Castle Deverill
Italy is beautifully and sensually described in The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim.