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The Sand Child

The Sand Child
  • Author(s): Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1950s

In this lyrical, hallucinatory novel set in Morocco, Tahar Ben Jelloun offers an imaginative and radical critique of contemporary Arab social customs and Islamic law. The Sand Child tells the story of a Moroccan father’s effort to thwart the...

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The Sand Men

The Sand Men
  • Author(s): Christopher Fowler
  • Location(s): Dubai
  • Genre(s): Science Fiction/Future, Thriller
  • Era(s): Near Future

In Dubai there’s a new world of high-luxury resorts emerging for the super-rich – but at what price to everyone else? Lea, Roy and their 15 year-old daughter Cara live in a gated community reserved for foreign workers. Roy...

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The Sand Pebbles

The Sand Pebbles
  • Author(s): Richard McKenna
  • Location(s): China
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s

Recommended reading as part of the Chief of Naval Operation’s Professional Reading Program! This now-classic novel by Richard McKenna enjoyed great critical acclaim and commercial success when it was first published in 1962. The winner of the coveted Harper...

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The Sand-Reckoner

The Sand-Reckoner
  • Author(s): Gillian Bradshaw
  • Location(s): Syracuse
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Young Adult
  • Era(s): Ancient Greece (3rd century BC)

The young scholar Archimedes has just had the best three years of his life at Ptolemy’s Museum at Alexandria. To be able to talk and think all day, every day, sharing ideas and information with the world’s greatest minds,...

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The Sandcastle Girls

The Sandcastle Girls
  • Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
  • Location(s): Armenia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1915 - 2012

Over the course of his career, New York Times bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian has taken readers on a spectacular array of journeys. Midwives brought us to an isolated Vermont farmhouse on an icy winter’s night and a home birth...

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The Sandglass

The Sandglass
  • Author(s): Romesh Gunesekera
  • Location(s): London, Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

The Sandglass tells the story of two feuding families whose lives are interlinked by the changing fortunes of postcolonial Sri Lanka. Moving back and forth between London and Sri Lanka, the novel brings to life Prins Ducal and his...

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The Sandman

The Sandman
  • Author(s): Lars Kepler
  • Location(s): Stockholm
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Contemporary

HE’S SWEDEN’S MOST PROLIFIC SERIAL KILLER. Jurek Walter is serving a life sentence. Kept in solitary confinement, he is still considered extremely dangerous by psychiatric staff. HE’LL LULL YOU INTO A SENSE OF CALM. Mikael knows him as “the...

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The Sandpit

The Sandpit
  • Author(s): Nicholas Shakespeare
  • Location(s): Oxford
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

When John Dyer returns to Oxford from Brazil with his young son, he doesn’t expect to find them both in danger. Every day is the same. He drops Leandro at his smart prep school and walks to the library...

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The Sasquatch Murder

The Sasquatch Murder
  • Author(s): Jeffery Viles
  • Location(s): Pacific Northwest
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

They’re out there, you know–those bipedal hominids commonly called Sasquatch. This imaginative, tightly woven tale explains just how those creatures came to be traipsing around in the big trees surrounding Mount St. Helens. While local oddballs and elbow-benders talk...

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The Sat Nav Diaries

The Sat Nav Diaries
  • Author(s): Adrian Sturrock
  • Location(s): Europe
  • Genre(s): Humour, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Current

“I had an idea for a road trip; a sports car I shouldn’t have bought; and a wife to point out that what looks entirely feasible on a scaled map can actually be quite a long way away.” This...

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