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300 Days of Sun

300 Days of Sun

Author(s): Deborah Lawrenson

Location(s): Faro, Lisbon, The Algarve

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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Combining the atmosphere of Jess Walters Beautiful Ruins with the intriguing historical backstory of Christina Baker Kline s The Orphan Train, Deborah Lawrenson s mesmerizing novel transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past where two...

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8.55 to Baghdad

8.55 to Baghdad

Author(s): Andrew Eames

Location(s): Europe, Iraq, Middle East

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 2000s

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Travel journalist Andrew Eames was in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo when he met an elderly lady who had known Agatha Christie. Fascinated by the exotic history of this quintessentially English crime writer, he decided to retrace the...

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A Blonde Bengali Wife

A Blonde Bengali Wife

Author(s): Anne Hamilton

Location(s): Bangladesh

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): Modern

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They all said that Bangladesh would be an experience… For Anne Hamilton, a three-month winter programme of travel and “cultural exchange” in a country where the English language, fair hair, and a rice allergy are all extremely rare was...

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A Box of Matches

A Box of Matches

Author(s): Nicholson Baker

Location(s): Maine

Genre(s): Novella

Era(s): Modern

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A man gets up earlier and earlier each day, dresses in the dark, makes his coffee and lights the fire with a box of matches. Then he rummages through the thoughts that crowd his head and preoccupy him. Here...

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A Brief Affair

A Brief Affair

Author(s): Margaret Leroy

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Second World War

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The cups and saucers on the dresser begin to rattle faintly, as though a tremulous hand is holding them. The water in the washing-up bowl shivers all over its surface. There’s a distant droning, something at first more felt...

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author(s): Charles Dickens

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Victorian

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Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and...

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A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome

A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome

Author(s): Alberto Angela

Location(s): Rome

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 115AD

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The year is 115 AD and Imperial Rome is at the height of its power. The reader wakes in a rich patrician home and discovers frescoes, opulent furnishings and richly appointed boudoirs. Strolling through the splendours of the Roman...

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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

Author(s): Jackie Copleton

Location(s): Nagasaki, United States (USA)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern looking back

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LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016 Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo, who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. Now a widow living...

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A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

Author(s): Norman Lewis

Location(s): Cambodia, Indochina, Laos

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 1950s

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This book is set in French Indo-China as the Viet Minh are embarking on the guerrilla war against their colonial oppressors. Lewis travels around the area and recounts his experiences in a tender, insighful and well written way.

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A Free Man

A Free Man

Author(s): Aman Sethi

Location(s): Delhi

Genre(s): Nonfiction

Era(s): Modern

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Every morning in Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in Delhi, a gang of men gather looking for work in the building trade. For five years, Aman Sethi shared their lives, and in particular that of Mohammed Ashraf....

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