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Here are 10 fictional worlds you can escape into when you cannot escape isolation! Whether it’s through a suitcase portal, or to Shakespearean England, or to outer space—here are some guaranteed fictional getaways! 

  • The Strangeworlds Travel Agency - L.D. Lapinski

    While your suitcases are growing dusty in the cupboard, why not escape inside a suitcase instead! At THE STRANGEWORLDS TRAVEL AGENCY, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside! When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. Flick gets the invitation of a lifetime: join Strangeworlds' magical travel society and explore other worlds. All you need to pack for this trip is your bookmark!

  • Hamnet - Maggie O'Farrell

    While you can’t travel overseas, why not travel back in time! On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. An audacious novel, HAMNET is inspired by the son of the famous playwright, Shakespeare. It is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written. Maybe it’ll reacquaint your love of the Bard!

  • Providence - Max Barry

    Sick of Earth and all its pandemonium? Us too! So why not escape to outer space in PROVIDENCE. It’s an inventive, speculative adventure and the intimate tale of four people facing their most desperate hour - alone, together, at the edge of the universe. With a peppering of Spielberg and Ridley Scott, this is an escapism adventure you don’t want to miss!

  • Wizards of Once - Cressida Cowell

    The mundane and ‘muggle’ can be left behind when you enter any of Cressida Cowell’s magical worlds. Her latest series THE WIZARDS OF ONCE is the fantasia of ancient Britain: a land of dark, mysterious forests and powerful magic. Add in a large dose of giants, warriors, wizards and sprites—and you’ve got a guaranteed good read. This is a fantastic book to start after the kids (or you) have reread all the Harry Potters in isolation.

  • Only Mostly Devastated - Sophie Gonzales

    Comb in some gel and don your tightest leather pants for the modern-day, queer retelling of Grease, ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED. Ollie and Will were a summer fling; now they're classmates. But only one of them is out... A heart-warming book with wonderful characters to spend your isolation with!

  • Fifty Fifty - Steve Cavanagh

    Can you pick a murderer? Well, escape to jury duty with FIFTY, FIFTY. Two sisters on trial for murder. They accuse each other. Who do YOU believe? Choose the liar. Choose the killer…

  • Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

    Bored of this universe? Well then, go explore the Grishaverse. Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven in this fantasy epic from the number 1 New York Times bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo. Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams - but he can't pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Did we mention it’s a series?

  • The Paris Secret - Natasha Lester

    Sick of sweatpants and unwashed hair? Well, THE PARIS SECRET has in it a wardrobe of Dior gowns, a secret kept for sixty-five years, and the three women bound forever by war... This an unforgettable story about the lengths people go to protect one another, and a love that, despite everything, lasts a lifetime. THE PARIS SECRET is best accompanied with a ballgown and wine (and maybe a shower)!

  • The Witcher - Andrzej Sapkowski

    Binged every TV show on Netflix, Stan and Amazon now? Well, why not turn to the books that inspired them. Personally, we'd start with THE WITCHER: LAST WISH. While no Henry Cavill is present in the pages (sigh!), the page-turning Geralt will keep you just as enthralled. Fight some monsters or chat to them: your choice!

  • The Flatshare - Beth O'Leary

    Need all the feels, goosebumps and feel-good vibes that only a romance novel can provide? Well, THE FLATSHARE has that and more! Especially perfect for those obsessed with post-it notes. Tiffy and Leon share a flat Tiffy and Leon share a bed. Tiffy and Leon have never met... Devour this in isolation without even leaving your bed!

Emily Lighezzolo

Emily Lighezzolo

Publicist at Hachette Australia. Utterly hopeless at keeping up with my TBR pile. I am known to drop all books for a new historical romance. Best accompanied by a rosé.

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