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Swiss Watching

Swiss Watching

Author(s): Diccon Bewes

Location(s): Switzerland

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 2000s

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This is a fascinating journey around Europe’s most individual and misunderstood country. From seeking Heidi and finding the best chocolate to reliving a bloody past and exploring an uncertain future, Swiss Watching proves that there is more to Switzerland...

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Tangerine

Tangerine

Author(s): Christine Mangan

Location(s): Tangier

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1950s

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The perfect read for fans of Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith, set in 1950s Morocco, Tangerine is a gripping psychological literary thriller. The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband...

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That Girl

That Girl

Author(s): Kate Kerrigan

Location(s): Chelsea

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s

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You can escape a place. But you can’t escape yourself. Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won’t catch up...

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The Artisan’s Star

The Artisan’s Star

Author(s): Gabriella Contestabile

Location(s): Florence, Grasse

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Elio Barati’s perfumery shop in Florence marks its entrance with a mosaic star. This shop immerses Elio in the artisanal world he loves, but he harbors a regret. As a young man he created a full-fledged perfume of jasmine,...

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The Association of Small Bombs

The Association of Small Bombs

Author(s): Karan Mahajan

Location(s): Delhi

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Lae 20th Century

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On a hot May day in 1996 a car bomb detonates in a Delhi marketplace. Just a ‘small’ bomb, but it is fatal for two Khurana school boys. Their friend Mansoor survives the blast bearing the physical and psychological...

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The Bamboo Stalk

The Bamboo Stalk

Author(s): Saud Alsanousi

Location(s): Kuwait, The Philippines

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Late 20th Century

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Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true...

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The Beach

The Beach

Author(s): Alex Garland

Location(s): Bangkok, Koh Phi Phi

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1990s

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In our ever-shrinking world, where popular Western culture seems to have infected every nation on the planet, it is hard to find even a small niche of unspoiled land–forget searching for pristine islands or continents. This is the situation...

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The Bees

The Bees

Author(s): Laline Paull

Location(s): England

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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Shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction 2015 Enter a whole new world, in this thrilling debut novel set entirely within a beehive. Born into the lowest class...

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The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Author(s): Sarah Dunant

Location(s): Florence

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 15th Century

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Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous merchant father brings a young painter back with him from Holland to adorn the walls of the new family chapel. She is fascinated by his talents and envious of his abilities...

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The Bleeding Heart (Bryant and May #11)

The Bleeding Heart (Bryant and May #11)

Author(s): Christopher Fowler

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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It’s a fresh start for the Met’s oddest investigation team, the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Their first case involves two teenagers who see a dead man rising from his grave in a London park. And if that’s not alarming enough,...

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