Oxfordshire is an English county which is full of fiction. It is also where my upcoming novel, The Revelation Room, is set. I’d like to share with you some examples of other authors and fiction based in Oxfordshire:
Authors from Oxfordshire:
– C. S. Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia.
– J. R. R. Tolkien is famous for the Lord of The Rings trilogy.
– Philip Pullman is well known for His Dark Materials.
– Griselda Heppel writes children’s fiction including Ante’s Inferno.
Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid is based in a college which the main character attended at Oxford. Val McDermid also read English at Oxford.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh features a student called Charles who visits the home of his best friend from Oxford at the end of World War two.
Inspector Morse by Colin Dextor is set in Oxford and even features the area’s local newspaper, The Oxford Mail. Colin also lives in Oxford.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is set in Oxford University colleges and in the city where the main character Lyra travels between alternate universes. Philip studied and taught in Oxford and still lives there.
Equinox by Michael White features a police photographer trying to help solve a mysterious case in Oxford.
TV Series and Films:
Endeavour, Morse and Lewis are all based in and around the city of Oxford. Morse was broadcast first, and is based on the books by Colin Dextor. Its sequel, Lewis, sees a change of lead character after Morse dies. Endeavour is the prequel to Morse.
Midsomer Murders has been filmed in a variety of locations around Oxfordshire. The very first episode was filmed in the town of Wallingford, but it was given the fictional name of Causton. It is a long running series based on the Chief Inspector Barnaby books by Caroline Graham.
All the Harry Potter films had parts filmed in Oxford. The Divinity School served as Hogwarts infirmary in four films, and was where Professor McGonagall taught students to dance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Duke Humfrey’s Library was the Hogwarts library. Both are located at the Bodleian Library where Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien all studied.
Oxfordshire is the setting and inspiration for a lot of popular fiction which has become well known around the world. Having lived in the area for most of my life, I can see why so many authors and TV/film crews want to base their creations here. I enjoy placing my characters in fictional locations inspired by the areas around me, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading The Revelation Room when it’s published on 6th May 2015.
Has any famous fiction been set near you? What do you think makes a really good setting? What is your favourite setting for a novel/film? As always, I’d love to hear from you.
All the best,