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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 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 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 Devil Comes to Town

A Devil Comes to Town

Author(s): Paolo Maurensig

Location(s): Swiss Alps

Genre(s): Gothic, Suspense

Era(s): Modern

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Wild rabies runs rampant through the woods. The foxes are gaining ground, boldly making their way into the village. In Dichtersruhe, an insular yet charming haven stifled by the Swiss mountains, these omens go unnoticed by all but the...

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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 House called Askival

A House called Askival

Author(s): Merryn Glover

Location(s): Mussoorie

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Partition to modern

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James Connor is a man who, burdened with guilt following a tragic event in his youth, has dedicated his life to serving India. Ruth Connor is his estranged daughter who, as a teenager, always knew she came second to...

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A House Without Windows

A House Without Windows

Author(s): Nadia Hashimi

Location(s): Afghanistan, Kabul

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Current

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A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture—from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell...

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