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Play The Red Queen

Play The Red Queen
  • Author(s): Juris Jurjevics
  • Location(s): Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1960s

Viet Nam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling the boulevards of Saigon, catching US Army officers off-guard with a single pistol shot, then riding off on the back of a scooter. Although the US military is not...

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A Christmas to Remember

A Christmas to Remember
  • Author(s): Anton Du Beke
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): 1938

London, 1938. When fiercely independent chambermaid Nancy Nettleton first moved to London and the Buckingham hotel, the last thing on her mind was finding love, let alone falling for the debonair demonstration dancer Raymond de Guise. As the festive...

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All The Names

All The Names
  • Author(s): José Saramago
  • Location(s): Lisbon
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Senhor José is a lonely civil servant who spends his days labouring in the labyrinthine stacks of Lisbon’s central registry. Among the file-cards for the living and the dead, one – of an apparently ordinary woman – will transform...

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Lot

Lot
  • Author(s): Bryan Washington
  • Location(s): Houston
  • Genre(s): Coming of Age, LGBTQ
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Stories of a young man finding his place among family and community in Houston, from a powerful, emerging American voice. In the city of Houston – a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America – the son of a black mother...

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The Deep End of the Ocean

The Deep End of the Ocean
  • Author(s): Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • Location(s): Wisconsin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Few first novels receive the kind of attention and acclaim showered on this powerful story—a nationwide bestseller, a critical success, and the first title chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. Both highly suspenseful and deeply moving, The Deep End of...

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France Sketchbooks

France Sketchbooks
  • Author(s): Laurie Olin
  • Location(s): France
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1970s onwards

An artist/designer’s intimate and loving sketches and notes from 50 years of visits to France and looking carefully at aspects of life there, both humble and grand Looking carefully and noting in clear sketches what he sees, Olin presents...

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
  • Author(s): Karina Yan Glaser
  • Location(s): Harlem
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From New York Times best-selling author Karina Yan Glaser comes one of Times’  Notable Children’s Books of 2017: “In this delightful and heartwarming throwback to the big-family novels of yesteryear, a large biracial family might lose their beloved brownstone home, but win...

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A Madness of Sunshine

A Madness of Sunshine
  • Author(s): Nalini Singh
  • Location(s): South Island
  • Genre(s): Suspense, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Golden Cove was a peaceful town. Then one fateful summer a tragedy shattered the trust holding the community together. All that’s left are whispers behind closed doors, broken friendships and a silent agreement to never look back. But you...

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The Western Wind

The Western Wind
  • Author(s): Samantha Harvey
  • Location(s): Somerset
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 15th Century

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE 2019** 15th century Oakham, in Somerset; a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove...

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Come Join Our Disease

Come Join Our Disease
  • Author(s): Sam Byers
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From the author of Perfidious Albion, a darkly comic and profoundly affecting novel about resistance, radicalism and redemption. Maya is homeless and living on an illegal encampment in London. The site is razed and Maya is detained, but then...

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