British Novels to Transport You to England

Diane Masciale | May 23, 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson, a guest on The Great American Read, holds his copy of Gulliver's Travels

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a guest on The Great American Read, holds his copy of Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. Photo: Stephanie Berger.

With less than two weeks until our seven-day tour of England – To the Manor Born with WLIW21 – I hope you might enjoy selecting a book (or two) for your travels. What better place to find a great book than PBS’s The Great American Read? The eight-part series beginning on Wednesday, May 23 at 9pm on WLIW21 explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels.

Our guide in England, Transcendent Tour Director Andrew Lannred, has suggested a few travel-companion reads from celebrated British authors from The Great American Read list:

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie (we’ll be visiting her holiday home, Greenway Estate)
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Harry Potter (Series), by J.K. Rowling

But of course, these are just a few suggestions – there are books by a wide range of authors, covering a wide range of interests and perspectives and moments in time. Cast your vote for America’s Best Loved Novel.

Read highlights from Andrew Lannerd’s experience at The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle (and watch the full ceremony and the day’s highlights on Royal Wedding Watch). Be sure to visit WLIW21 Facebook and #WLIWTravel to share moments from our amazing journey to Windsor, Bath, Port Isaac (setting of Doc Martin) and much more!