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The Tyre

The Tyre
  • Author(s): C J Dubois, E C Huntley
  • Location(s): Tamil Nadu
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The Tyre tells the story of Ranji who barely manages to scrape a living gathering wood from the side of a busy road in Tamil Nadu, but accepts his lot uncomplainingly. His one and only concern is to feed...

The Tzar’s Curious Runaways

The Tzar’s Curious Runaways
  • Author(s): Robin Scott-Elliot
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1725

A magical, captivating tale of adventure set in imperial Russia. St Petersburg, Russia 1725. Katinka Dashkova is running for her life because everything she knows is changing. Katinka, a dazzling ballerina with a hunched back, and her friends Alexei...

The Ultimate Tragedy

The Ultimate Tragedy
  • Author(s): Addulai Sila
  • Location(s): Guinea-Bissau
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

The first novel to be translated into English from Guinea Bissau, The Ultimate Tragedy is a tale of love and emerging political awareness in an Africa beginning to challenge Portuguese colonial rule. Ndani leaves her village to seek a...

The Umbrella

The Umbrella
  • Author(s): Ingrid Schubert, Dieter Schubert
  • Location(s): World
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

It’s a windy, autumn day when a little dog discovers a bright red umbrella in the garden. The umbrella, like a magic carpet, whirls him up into the air and sails him across the world, over continents and oceans,...

The Umbrella Man

The Umbrella Man
  • Author(s): Jake Needham
  • Location(s): Singapore
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

The first bomb cracked the Hilton like an egg; the second gutted the lobby of the Marriott; and the third peeled the front off the Grand Hyatt. Three massive explosions, all at American hotels in the heart of the...

The Umbrella Mouse

The Umbrella Mouse
  • Author(s): Anna Fargher, Sam Usher (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1944, WW2

A timeless tale of courage, resistance and friendship, The Umbrella Mouse is a heart-stopping adventure drawing on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII, winner of the 2019 Sainsbury’s Book Prize for Fiction and selected...

The Unadoptables

The Unadoptables
  • Author(s): Hana Tooke
  • Location(s): Amsterdam
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Later 1800s

In the autumn of 1886, Elinora Gassbeek, matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage discovers five new babies in most extraordinary circumstances: One in a tin toolbox. One in a coal bucket. One in a picnic hamper. One in a...

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days

The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days
  • Author(s): Juliet Conlin
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2, present-day

Approaching 80, frail and alone, a remarkable man makes the journey from his sheltered home in England to Berlin to meet his granddaughter. He has six days left to live and must relate his life story before he dies…...

The Undercurrents

The Undercurrents
  • Author(s): Kirsty Bell
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Biography, Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Various

The Undercurrents: A Story of Berlin is a dazzling work of biography, memoir and cultural criticism told from a precise vantage point: a stately nineteenth-century house on Berlin’s Landwehr Canal, a site at the centre of great historical changes,...

The Underground Girls Of Kabul

The Underground Girls Of Kabul
  • Author(s): Jenny Nordberg
  • Location(s): Afghanistan
  • Genre(s): Biography
  • Era(s): Modern

An Afghan woman’s life expectancy is just 44 years, and her life cycle often begins and ends in disappointment: being born a girl and finally, having a daughter of her own. For some, disguising themselves as boys is the...

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