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The Ventriloquist’s Tale

The Ventriloquist’s Tale
  • Author(s): Pauline Melville
  • Location(s): Guyana
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1920s and present day

The whole purpose of magic is the fulfilment and intensification of desire, claims the ventriloquist-narrator as he tells his stories of love and catastrophe. The novel is a parable of miscegenation and racial exclusiveness, of nature defying culture and...

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The Versions of Us

The Versions of Us
  • Author(s): Laura Barnett
  • Location(s): Cambridge
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

What if you had said yes? The moments that change everything… One Day meets Sliding Doors in this outstanding debut that is causing a buzz across the publishing world Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you...

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The Vibe

The Vibe
  • Author(s): Rae Stewart
  • Location(s): Goa
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Late 1990s

You go to Goa for sun, sea, sand and serious prawn curry. For cheap drugs, full moon parties and a time-warped hippy vibe. To find yourself, lose yourself, chill yourself right out. But murder? Police corruption? Obsessive revenge? Maybe...

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The Viceroy of Ouidah

The Viceroy of Ouidah
  • Author(s): Bruce Chatwin
  • Location(s): Benin (Danhomè), Ouidah
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): 1812

In 1812, Francisco Manoel da Silva, escaping a life of poverty in Brazil, sailed to the African kingdom of Dahomey, determined to make his fortune in the slave trade. Armed with nothing but an iron will, he became a...

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The Viking Hostage

The Viking Hostage
  • Author(s): Tracey Warr
  • Location(s): France, Wales
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 10th century

The Viking Hostage is set in late 10th century France and Wales, and tells the stories of three women living through turbulent power struggles across Europe, Viking raids, and fears of The End of Time. Sigrid is a Norwegian...

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The Villa of Mysteries

The Villa of Mysteries
  • Author(s): David Hewson
  • Location(s): Rome
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
  • Era(s): early 2000s

When a young woman turns up dead in a peat bog near the banks of the River Tiber, Teresa Lupo, a maverick pathologist, believes she has the victim of an ancient Roman ritual on her hands. She’s wrong. Leo...

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The Village

The Village
  • Author(s): T F Rhoden
  • Location(s): South East Asia

The Village is a warm tale of real people living their lives in a faraway land. Set in a small community in mainland Southeast Asia, The Village, sometimes exotic, sometimes simple, is a modern affirmation for those who believe...

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The Village by the Sea

The Village by the Sea
  • Author(s): Anita Desai
  • Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay), South East Asia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): timeless

The Village by the Sea is a survival story by the novelist Anita Desai. Set in a small fishing villlage near Bombay, Lila and Hari, aged 13 and 12, struggle to keep the family, including two young sisters, going...

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The Village in the Jungle

The Village in the Jungle
  • Author(s): Leonard Woolf
  • Location(s): Sri Lanka
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): early 20th century

This classic novel of colonial Ceylon (Sri Lanka), was first published in 1913 and is written by a prominent member of the Bloomsbury group, husband of Virginia Woolf. It reads as if Thomas Hardy had been born among the...

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The Village of Waiting

The Village of Waiting
  • Author(s): George Packer
  • Location(s): Lavié, Togo
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Now restored to print with a new Foreword by Philip Gourevitch and an Afterword by the author, this book is a frank, moving, and vivid account of contemporary life in West Africa. Stationed as a Peace Corps instructor in...

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