California Dreamin'

Sun, surf, celebrities: 10 books set in the Golden State

Though most of us think of beaches and Hollywood when we hear 'California', the state is far more diverse: sun and sand give way to snowy mountains, enormous deserts, and massive redwood forests, and for every movie star millionaire there are plenty of other people barely scraping a living (or attempting to scam one!). For years, authors have used this rich background for their stories. This list is just a small sample of the many notable (and lesser known) titles set in California. What are some of your favourites? Share them in the comments below!

Big Sur cover

5. Big Sur

Jack Kerouac
Sideways cover

6. Sideways

Rex Pickett
California cover

7. California

Ray Banks

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust