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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 Bad Character

A Bad Character

Author(s): Deepti Kapoor

Location(s): Delhi

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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My boyfriend died when I was twenty-one. His body was left lying broken in the highway out of Delhi while the sun rose in the desert to the east. I wasn’t there, I never saw it. But plenty of...

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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 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 Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Author(s): Marlon James

Location(s): Jamaica

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1975

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2015 JAMAICA, 1976 Seven gunmen storm Bob Marley’s house, machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but the gunmen are never caught. From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes...

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A Cold Death in Amsterdam

A Cold Death in Amsterdam

Author(s): Anja de Jager

Location(s): Alkmaar, Amsterdam

Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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Set in Amsterdam, the novel introduces Lotte Meerman, a Cold Case detective still recovering from the emotional devastation of her previous investigation. A tip-off leads Lotte to an unresolved ten-year-old murder case in which her father was the lead...

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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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