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Take a literary road trip with seven novels set in the towns and cities of England

There are plenty of good reasons to opt for an English holiday this year – not least because bookshops are offering a bumper crop of novels set on the British Isles.

Even if not in search of a holiday read for a staycation, it's always pleasingly absorbing to immerse oneself in a story with plot twists and turns taking place within familiar landscapes. So here, starting with her own novel set in Morecambe Bay, author Emma Claire Sweeney has put together a literary road trip travelling the length and breadth of the country.

From the unconventional family bonds of illegal immigrants in Sheffield to illicit love affairs in Oxford, read on for her top summer recommendations set in the towns and cities of England, perfect for holiday accompaniment or pure escapism from the comfort of your armchair.

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