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10 Must-Read Fiction Books Set in Oxford

Oxford has long been a wellspring of inspiration for writers, and its university has given rise to literary giants such as C.S. Lewis, Oscar Wilde, and J.R.R. Tolkien. The city itself features prominently in various novels. Here are some must-read fiction set in Oxford:

1. His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman

Follow Lyra's adventures in an alternate Oxford with fantastical elements, including armoured polar bears and dæmons.

2. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

Explore the quintessential Oxford education experience in the 1920s, where Charles Ryder meets the aristocratic Sebastian Flyte.

3. The Last Enchantments, by Charles Finch

Join American student Will on his journey through Oxford, exploring its vibrant social scene, love affairs, and personal growth.

4. Inspector Morse, by Colin Dexter

Dive into the world of Chief Inspector Morse, a gentleman detective navigating complex crimes in the city of Oxford.

5. To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis

Follow time-travelling historian Ned's quest to find an unknown object, with cameos from famous literary characters.

6. Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy

Discover Jude Fawley's dream of becoming a scholar and the challenges he faces in the fictional city of Christminster, a critique of 19th-century social institutions.

7. Zuleika Dobson or an Oxford Love Story, by Max Beerbohm

Experience the chaos that ensues when femme fatale Zuleika arrives at Oxford, offering a dark satire of Edwardian life.

8. The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon

Immerse yourself in a dystopian future where Paige Mahoney is captured and brought to a forbidden Oxford, where she must survive.

9. Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers

Join detective Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane as they solve malicious pranks at Shrewsbury College, exploring themes of women's education and independence.

10. Towers in the Mist, by Elizabeth Goudge

Travel back to the late 16th century and follow Faithful's journey to the University of Oxford, where he discovers the world of education and love.

These books capture the essence of Oxford and offer a diverse range of experiences within the city's unique backdrop. Enjoy your literary journey through the dreaming spires of Oxford!

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For centuries, Oxford has inspired writers with its iconic university and picturesque surroundings. Top 11 must-read fiction books set in Oxford include His Dark Materials, Brideshead Revisited, and Inspector Morse. From fantasy to crime, these novels capture the charm and history of the city.

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