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Crime novel set in Paris (The power of books) 21st April 2014

Irène by Pierre Lemaitre. Novel set in Paris. Author Pierre Lemaitre is a relative newcomer in the UK to the genre crime thriller set in Europe – excellently translated into English by Frank Wynne. His main character Commandant Camille...

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Memoir set in the USA (Wild – ‘a journey of unpacked feelings’)

Memoir set in the USA (Wild – ‘a journey of unpacked feelings’) 19th April 2014

Wild by Cheryl Strayed: memoir set in the USA (Western States). ‘Never never never give up’. Winston Churchill. A memoir set in the USA. Your mother dies from cancer, which progresses quickly and when she is still young. So what do you do...

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Travelogue set in Europe, China, Nepal (‘for those who love mountains…’)

Travelogue set in Europe, China, Nepal (‘for those who love mountains…’) 16th April 2014

Mountains of the Mind: a History of a Fascination by Robert Macfarlane, travelogue set in Europe, China and Nepal. For those who love mountains – whether clinging by their fingertips with rock inches from their nose, or at a...

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Novel set in Paris (an ode to the belle époque)

Novel set in Paris (an ode to the belle époque) 13th April 2014

Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi, a novel set in Paris, is a song for the belle époque. It is lyrical, emotive and wild all at the same time. It tastes of love and loss, smells of passion and betrayal,...

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Memoir set in Kenya (“captive of the Masai World”)

Memoir set in Kenya (“captive of the Masai World”) 9th April 2014

The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann, memoir set in Kenya A memoir set in Kenya that will evoke a strong response in the reader. Guaranteed! That is probably a bit of a daring thing to say, I feel, but...

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