I'm sure you're all fed up of me banging on about Amsterdam now (can you tell I loved it), but it occurred to me that there are books I've read set in or around Amsterdam that have been brilliant. It seemed only fitting that Amsterdam became the theme for this week's Lit Nerd Recommends.
1. Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
I saw this in the gift shop at the Rijksmuseum the first time I visited when I was about seventeen and this book has never quite left my mind. It's about Dutch art, passion and deception - doesn't get juicier than that.
2. The Apothecary's House by Adrian Mathews
This is one of those books that I can never remember the name of but elements of the story have stuck in my head. I actually asked my Mum the name of this book (we always read the same books) and she knew what I meant just from me saying 'that book in Amsterdam which has a scene on a house boat'. For a book to stay in my head that long, it must have been good!
3. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Well, I couldn't not include this.
4. The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
This isn't strictly set in Amsterdam but it is Dutch. Like Anne Frank, Reiss was a Jewish child hiding from the Nazis. This is one of the books that got me interested in World War Two.
5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I have literally just finished this one and again, it is arty and partially set in Amsterdam.
Dutch art seems to be a common theme in this list...
I'm going to add in two novels that have very recently come onto my radar which I have not read but look brilliant.
6. The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal
This novel looks at the complex background of Rembrandt's famous painting of the same name.
7. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
This is either just out or just about to be released. It sounds wonderfully disconcerting and has been described as similar to Sarah Waters's style. I'm intrigued.
Can you add any to this list?