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The Long Song

The Long Song

Author(s): Andrea Levy

Location(s): Jamaica

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1830s

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The story of planters and slaves. A vivid portrayal of Jamaican slave society, charting daily lives right up to Freedom and a denouement of shocking proportions.

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The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife

Author(s): Paula McLain

Location(s): Europe, North America, Paris

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1920s

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The book starts out in Chicago, 1920. Hadley Richardson is a shy twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for...

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Author(s): Khaled Hosseini

Location(s): Kabul, San Francisco

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1980s to 2000s

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The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini’s deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s,...

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The Murder Wall

The Murder Wall

Author(s): Mari Hannah

Location(s): Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

Genre(s): Crime

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Eleven months after discovering a brutal double murder in a sleepy Northumbrian town, Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels is still haunted by her failure to solve the case. Then the brutal killing of a man on Newcastle’s Quayside gives...

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A Cottage by the Sea

A Cottage by the Sea

Author(s): Carole Matthews

Location(s): Pembrokeshire

Genre(s): Romance

Era(s): Modern

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Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick forever. The late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time. When Ella invites them to stay for a week in...

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Black Rock

Black Rock

Author(s): John McFetridge

Location(s): Montreal

Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

Era(s): 1970s

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An artfully told police procedural set in an explosive era in recent history Montreal 1970. The “Vampire Killer” has murdered three women and a fourth is missing. Bombs explode in the stock exchange, McGill University, and houses in Westmount....

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Monument to Murder (Kate Daniels 4)

Monument to Murder (Kate Daniels 4)

Author(s): Mari Hannah

Location(s): Bamburgh, Northumberland

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Modern

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When skeletal remains are found beneath the fortified walls of an ancient castle on Northumberland’s rugged coastline, DCI Kate Daniels calls on a forensic anthropologist to help identify the corpse. Meanwhile, newly widowed prison psychologist Emily McCann finds herself...

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Settled Blood

Settled Blood

Author(s): Mari Hannah

Location(s): County Durham, Northumberland, The Pennines

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Modern

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When a young girl is found dead at the base of Hadrian’s Wall, it’s not long before Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels realises her death was no ordinary homicide. She was thrown from a great height and was probably...

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The Gilded Fan

The Gilded Fan

Author(s): Christina Courtenay

Location(s): Amsterdam, Nagasaki, Plymouth

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 1640s

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How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love? It’s 1641, and when Midori Kumashiro, the orphaned daughter of a warlord, is told she has to leave Japan or die, she has no choice but to...

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The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Author(s): Carlos Ruis Zafón (Carlos Ruis Zafon)

Location(s): Barcelona

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1940s

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It is Barcelona, 1945, post war, and a boy, Daniel awakes and can no longer remember his Mother’s face. Daniel’s widowed father, who deals in antiquarian books, introduces him to the Cemeter of Forgotten Books – each book waiting...

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