10 Dashingly Good Books Set in England!

July 14, 2017
Sam Benson
Riveted Editorial Board

Three years ago, I got the chance of a lifetime: to spend ten months living in England. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with all things English. It started when I first read Harry Potter and only grew as I got older. As a teenager, I watched as much Doctor Who and Skins as I could, trying to get a taste of what it was really like to live in England (minus the aliens in Doctor Who, of course). Studying Abroad for ten months is a long time to be away from home, but I jumped at the chance and it was one of the best times of my life. Still, I found myself longing for some reminders of home. Since Sherlock is a key component of English culture, I found myself turning to retellings such as Lock & Mori, to make me feel at home walking around Baker Street (because no one bats an eye. Returning home after those amazing ten months was hard, but I was able to find a bit of my foreign home in YA books.  But when I returned home, they had the added bonus of reminding me of my time abroad.Needless to say, books set in England are some of my favorites, so I created a list of some of my favorites to share with you!

Check out the list below and if you’re still craving a little bit of England, Lock & Mori is available as a Free Read until July 17th!


Clockwork Angelby Cassandra Clare

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to.

The Name of the Starby Maureen Johnson

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city.

Radio Silenceby Alice Oseman

Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. When she’s not studying, she’s up in her room making fan art for her favorite podcast, Universe City.

When Frances gets a message from Radio Silence asking if she’ll collaborate with him, everything changes. 

The Lie Treeby Frances Hardinge

Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is modest and well mannered—a proper young lady who knows her place. But inside, Faith is burning with questions and curiosity. She keeps sharp watch of her surroundings and, therefore, knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing—like the real reason her family fled Kent to the close-knit island of Vane. And that her father’s death was no accident.

A Shadow Bright and Burningby Jessica Cluess

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart.

Lord of Shadowsby Cassandra Clare

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

We Come Apartby Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess's home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures.

13 Little Blue Envelopesby Maureen Johnson

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

The Art of Being Normalby Lisa Williamson

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. 


A Darker Shade Of Magicby Victoria Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. 

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