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The Bones of Grace

The Bones of Grace
  • Author(s): Tahmina Anam
  • Location(s): Bangladesh
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Zubaida is on a journey to unearth the past. It will lead her from the corridors of Harvard to the scorching deserts of Pakistan, and the bones of an ancient whale. It will carry her back to Bangladesh, and...

The Bonesetter’s Daughter

The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Author(s): Amy Tan
  • Location(s): China, San Francisco
  • Era(s): Modern and pre-war

LuLing Young is in her eighties, and finally beginning to feel the effects of old age. Trying to hold on to the evaporating past, she begins to write down all that she can remember of her life as a...

The Boneyard

The Boneyard
  • Author(s): Mark Sennen
  • Location(s): Devon
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When the partially clothed body of a woman is discovered on Dartmoor, all eyes are on one man. There wasn’t enough evidence to convict Kendwick of his suspected crimes in America, but DI Charlotte Savage is determined to bring...

The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Author(s): Tom Wolfe
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

He wasn’t aging: he was growing up. Bonfire’s pyrotechnic satire of 1980s New York wasn’t just Wolfe’s best book, it was the best bestselling fiction debut of the decade, a miraculously realistic study of an unbelievably status-mad society, from...

The Bonita Protocol

The Bonita Protocol
  • Author(s): P J Skinner
  • Location(s): Ecuador
  • Genre(s): Adventure
  • Era(s): 1990

An enigmatic boss. Suspicious results. Stock market shenanigans. Can Sam Harris get to the bottom of it before they silence her? Geologist Sam Harris has been round the block, but she’s prone to nostalgia, so she snatches the chance...

The Book Cat

The Book Cat
  • Author(s): Polly Faber, Clara Vulliamy (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): WW2, 1940s

This is a classic wartime tale of a (real!) cat who made his home at the Faber offices and decided he’d never leave. ‘This time we need to get you – get all of the kittens, safe out of...

The Book Charmer

The Book Charmer
  • Author(s): Karen Hawkins
  • Location(s): North Carolina
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Magical Realism
  • Era(s): Contemporary

New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins crafts an unforgettable story about a sleepy Southern town, two fiercely independent women, and a truly magical friendship. Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than...

The Book Itch

The Book Itch
  • Author(s): Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • Location(s): Harlem
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 20th Century

In the 1930s, Lewis’s dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore. And as far...

The Book of Anna

The Book of Anna
  • Author(s): Carmen Boullosa
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

Saint Petersburg, 1905. Behind the gates of the Karenin Palace, Sergei, son of Anna Karenina, meets Tolstoy in his dreams and finds reminders of his mother everywhere: the vivid portrait that the tsar intends to acquire and the opium-infused...

The Book of Birmingham (Reading the City)

The Book of Birmingham (Reading the City)
  • Author(s): Kavita Bhanot (Editor)
  • Location(s): Birmingham
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Few cities have undergone such a radical transformation over the last few decades as Birmingham. Culturally and architecturally, it has been in a state of perpetual flux and regeneration, with new communities moving in, then out, and iconic post-war...

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