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The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Author(s): Margaret Atwood
  • Location(s): United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Science Fiction/Future
  • Era(s): Future

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means...

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The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien

The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien
  • Author(s): Georges Simenon
  • Location(s): Liège, Paris
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Novella
  • Era(s): 20th Century

A first ink drawing showed a hanged man swinging from a gallows on which perched an enormous crow. And there were at least twenty other etchings and pen or pencil sketches that had the same leitmotif of hanging. On...

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The Happiest Refugee

The Happiest Refugee
  • Author(s): Anh Do
  • Location(s): Australia
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): late 1970s onwards

Anh Do nearly didn’t make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing – not murderous pirates, nor the imminent...

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The Happiness of Kati

The Happiness of Kati
  • Author(s): Jane Vejjajiva
  • Location(s): Thailand
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Nine-year-old Kati has always lived with her grandparents in the house by the river. Every day she goes to school, brings offerings to the monks, and plays with Tong, the abbot’s nephew. She is happy enough, but something —...

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The Harbour Master

The Harbour Master
  • Author(s): Daniel Pembrey
  • Location(s): Amsterdam
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Henk van der Pol is a 30-year-term policeman, a few months off retirement. When he finds a woman’s body in Amsterdam Harbour, his detective instincts take over, even though it’s not his jurisdiction. Warned off investigating the case, Henk soon realises...

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The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall
  • Author(s): Budd Schulberg
  • Location(s): Argentina
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century

Budd Schulberg’s celebrated novel of the prize ring has lost none of its power since its first publication more than fifty years ago. Crowded with unforgettable characters, it is a relentless expose of the fight racket. A modern Samson...

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The Harp In The South

The Harp In The South
  • Author(s): Ruth Park
  • Location(s): Surry Hills
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

Ruth Park’s classic novel The Harp in the South is one of Australia’s greatest novels. Hugh and Margaret Darcy are raising their family in Sydney amid the brothels, grog shops and run-down boarding houses of Surry Hills, where money...

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The Hashish Waiter

The Hashish Waiter
  • Author(s): Khairy Shalaby
  • Location(s): Cairo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

Tucked away in a rundown quarter, just out of sight of fashionable downtown Cairo, a group of intellectuals gather regularly to smoke hashish in Hakeems den. The den is the center of their lives, both a refuge and a...

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give
  • Author(s): Angie Thomas
  • Location(s): United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal...

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The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel
  • Author(s): Wilkie Collins
  • Location(s): Venice
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 19th Century

An eminent doctor is visited by a desperate woman with a question: am I evil, or insane? When the letters from an Italian servant to his wife in London suddenly cease, she is convinced he has been murdered. In...

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