6 novels set in a European city

Ready for a change of scenery and the chance to indulge in a bit of travelling? We've put together a list of 6 books set in European cities. They're so good you'll feel as though you're abroad – and when you do actually go travelling, you might end up recognising a few of the sights you've read about.
Memorial Holocaust - Berlin

1. Look Who's Back - Berlin

Written by Timur Vermes

Berlin, 30 August 2011: More than 60 years after his death, Adolf Hitler is back – and he's standing in the spot where he previously met his demise. He quickly finds fame and ends up becoming a TV star... The novel asks the question: What if a world leader from the past were to suddenly harness the power of today's media for their own ends?

St Charles' Church - Vienna

2. The Third Man - Vienna

Written by Graham Greene

When author Rollo Martins decides to visit his friend Harry Lime, he heads to Vienna, where this novel's story takes place. Sadly, it seems as though Lime has been involved in a fatal accident. Martins decides to investigate the 'death' of his friend – who isn't the type to end up in the morgue just like that...

Old Town Edinburgh

3.Trainspotting - Edinburgh

Written by Irvine Welsh

Addiction and withdrawal: that's the life of Mark Renton and his group of friends, who struggle to survive in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the end of the 1980s. The group is living in a time of widespread unemployment, which they blame on the policies of Margaret Thatcher. The novel is written from the perspective of multiple characters.

Montmartre - Paris

4.The Lollipop Shoes - Paris

Written by Joanne Harris

The city is Paris. The neighbourhood is the eternally picturesque Montmartre, where the beautiful Yanne Charbonneau owns a chocolaterie. While it may seem as though Yanne has everything under control, nothing could be further from the truth. When Zozie de l’Alba waltzes into Yanne's store – and her life – in a pair of bright red high heels, things will change forever.

Petrin Prague

5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Prague

Written by Milan Kundera

Taking place from the late 1960s through to the early 1970s, this novel is set in Prague, during the city's Prague Spring period. Living through these turbulent times are Tomas (representing the light), Terezan (the dark), Sabrina (the betrayal) and Franz (the dream). Kundera interweaves the country's political situation with the love lives of his characters.

Railway in London by night

6. The Girl on the Train - London

Written by Paula Hawkins

Each day, Rachel takes the train past a row of charming houses in a suburb of London. Every morning she looks in on the life of what she believes to be the perfect couple. She's even given the pair names: Jess and Jason. One day, however, something strange happens in the couple's garden, the fallout from which will drastically change the lives of those involved – and Rachel, too.