A maritime city, the third biggest city in England after London, Liverpool is famous for art (having more art galleries and museums than anywhere outside of London), architecture, music and football. It also happens to be the place where I spent my formative years.
I like to read books set in places I am familiar with, and this started when I was young. I particularly liked the history element. No surprise there. The first books set in Liverpool I read (and enjoyed) were actually more memoir than novels. They were by Helen Forrester and took place during the Great Depression, outlining the hardship families faced at that time. There were four in the set, starting with Tuppence to Cross the Mersey. Forrester also wrote several novels with similar themes that I haven't read yet.
One of Liverpool's most famous and successful authors is Beryl Bainbridge, who wrote a few historical fiction books in the 1990s. The first one of hers I read was Every Man for Himself, which was about the ship the Titanic, built at the Liverpool shipyards. One set in the city is The Dressmaker, which takes place during the Second World War. It is a dark, psychological novel, with humour and bleak observations about life, helped by having a butchers shop as a feature. Master Georgie starts in Liverpool but ends up in the Crimea.
Some more classics:
Inspired by the great hospitals no doubt, and the university's School of Medicine, there are quite a few medical books set in Liverpool. There are some written by Kate Eastham set in Victorian Liverpool focusing on nurses. Pam Howes also writes about nurses and midwives, as well as other occupations. Here she uses an area within the district of Aigburth, Lark Lane, as the centre of her stories.
My final selection is an eclectic mix of science fiction, crime, family and war. Books about The Beatles. football and the famous Liverpool poets are for another day...
Given the number of authors from Liverpool, this list won't be exhaustive. Best wishes to those who try to read all of them.