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The Woman in the Dunes

The Woman in the Dunes
  • Author(s): Kobo Abe
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Dazzlingly original, Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes is one of the premier Japanese novels in the twentieth century, and this Penguin Classics edition contains a new introduction by David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas. Niki Jumpei, an...

The Woman in the White Kimono

The Woman in the White Kimono
  • Author(s): Ana Johns
  • Location(s): Japan, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s to present day

Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage secures her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community. However, Naoko has fallen for an American sailor and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned...

The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window
  • Author(s): A J Finn
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

It’s been ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna’s lifeline to the...

The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door
  • Author(s): Yewande Omotoso
  • Location(s): Cape Town
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): contemporary

Hortensia and Marion are next door neighbours in a charming, bougainvillea-laden Cape Town suburb. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers behind them. Both have recently been widowed. Both are in their eighties. And...

The Woman of Rome

The Woman of Rome
  • Author(s): Alberto Moravia
  • Location(s): Rome
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s/40s

Rome under Mussolini is the setting for this, probably Moravia’s best known novel: Adriana, a simple and poor girl who models naked for an artist and gradually moves into a more shadowy world.Giacomo, a failed revolutionary cannot admit his...

The Woman on the Orient Express

The Woman on the Orient Express
  • Author(s): Lindsay Jayne Ashford
  • Location(s): Europe
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can’t neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey. Agatha isn’t...

The Woman Outside The Walls

The Woman Outside The Walls
  • Author(s): Suzanne Goldring
  • Location(s): Hamburg, London
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1929 - 2017

I always knew it would come out one day. They are finding everyone who has stayed hidden. They would have come to me in the end. Hamburg, 1942. Seventeen-year-old Anna knows she can never tell her proud parents the...

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky
  • Author(s): Jennifer Steil
  • Location(s): Yemen
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): early 21st century

“I had no idea how to find my way around this medieval city. It was getting dark. I was tired. I didn’t speak Arabic. I was a little frightened. But hadn’t I battled scorpions in the wilds of Costa...

The Woman Who Ran

The Woman Who Ran
  • Author(s): Sam Baker
  • Location(s): Yorkshire
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

What is making Helen Graham so jumpy and evasive? Newly arrived in a tiny Yorkshire village, she finds the locals’ curiosity her worst nightmare. Looking over her shoulder every day, she tries to piece together her past before it...

The Woman Who Rode A Shark: and 50 more wild female adventurers

The Woman Who Rode A Shark: and 50 more wild female adventurers
  • Author(s): Ailsa Ross, Amy Blackwell (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): World
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

You’ve heard of Charles Darwin, Ernest Shackleton and Lawrence of Arabia. But how about Marianne North, Ada Blackjack or Isabelle Eberhardt? From aquanauts to astronauts, treetop explorers to eagle hunters, The Woman Who Rode a Shark celebrates 50 ocean-diving,...

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