Books Set In The Netherlands

It’s now been over two weeks since I left the Netherlands, but that’s not going to stop me posting about it! In this post I wanted to share some books set in that wonderful country. Whilst I searched high and low for books set in different provinces, there is definitely a bias towards Holland. I was only able to find books set in either Zuid-Holland or Noord-Holland, so whilst it’s not completely representative of the entire country, it’s a start! Feel free to suggest other titles in the comments. 🙂

Books set in the Netherlands

1 – 3. Haarlem

The Black Tulip The Hiding Place The First Sir Percy

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and The First Sir Percy by Emmuska Orczy

4 – 7. Amsterdam

The Dinner After the Silence by Jake Woodhouse Quicksilver Tulip Fever
The Dinner by Herman Koch, After the Silence by Jake Woodhouse, Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson and Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

8. Den Haag/The Hague

Lust for Life
Lust for Life by Irving Stone

9 – 10. Delft

Girl with a Pearl Earring The Golden Tulip
Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier and The Golden Tulip by Rosalind Laker

Have you read any of these, or do you have any suggestions?


4 thoughts on “Books Set In The Netherlands”

  1. Thank you for sharing these! I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book set in the Netherlands (I have read The Fault in Our Stars, but I don’t think it really counts because the majority of it is set in the US) and that’s something I’ll have to change – I’d quite like to check out Girl with a Pearl Earrings, particularly as I like the look of a lot of Tracy Chevalier’s work.

  2. Woot! I’m so excited that I can say that I have read three of these.

    I remember really liking The Black Tulip (read at least 5 years ago). I recently read The Three Musketeers and I did not like it. Which left me wondering what I liked about his other book, so I plan to read it again.

    I liked earlier works by Stephenson, but I won’t be finishing the Baroque Cycle. Snow Crash is a favorite book of mine.

    1. I really loved Dumas’ ‘La reine Margot’, although that’s the only work of his that I’ve read, so I can’t comment on Three Musketeers or the Black Tulip!

      I’ve not read any Neal Stephenson, but I feel like I should read at least one of his books at some point. Will make a note of Snow Crash 🙂

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