Belgium and Luxembourg: travel books to read before you go

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Few foreigners have taken up the challenge of penning travel tales about Belgium…and only one man has tackled Luxembourg. Still, what’s on offer is well worth reading. This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Belgium & Luxembourg guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.

A Tall Man in a Low Land (Harry Pearson) This tale of family travel in Belgium came out a decade ago and is still a hit among visitors. It’s full of anecdotes of everyday life, and firmly shines the spotlight on the country’s many idiosyncrasies.

Luxembourg & the Jenisch Connection (David Robinson) Fictional tale of an Englishman’s holiday in Luxembourg that turns into a murder mystery. It’s set during the record-breaking hot summer of 2003.

Neither Here nor There (Bill Bryson) The author’s European sojourn took him via Belgium with the result that Brussels and the country as a whole receive detailed scrutiny in two fun-filled chapters.

The Factory of Facts (Luc Sante) Belgian-born but US-raised, Luc Sante returns at the age of 35 to explore the country he left behind. An interesting account of his thoughts and opinions on all things Belgian.

More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.