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Who They Was

Who They Was
  • Author(s): Gabriel Krauze
  • Location(s): London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

This is a story of a London you won’t find in any guidebooks. This is a story about what it’s like to exist in the moment, about boys too eager to become men, growing up in the hidden war...

Who took Eden Mulligan?

Who took Eden Mulligan?
  • Author(s): Sharon Dempsey
  • Location(s): Belfast
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): contemporary

‘They’re dead. They’re all dead. It’s my fault. I killed them.’ Those are the words of Iona Gardener, who stands bloodied and staring as she confesses to the murder of four people in a run-down cottage outside of Belfast....

Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

Why Didn’t You Tell Me?
  • Author(s): Carmen Rita Wong
  • Location(s): New Hampshire
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

My mother carried a powerful secret. A secret that shaped my life and the lives of everyone around me in ways she could not have imagined. Carmen Rita Wong has always craved a sense of belonging: First as a...

Why Goats Smell Bad and Other Stories from Benin

Why Goats Smell Bad  and Other Stories from Benin
  • Author(s): Raouf Mama
  • Location(s): Benin (Danhomè)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

A collection of nineteen folk stories from the Fon people of Benin, about orphans and twins with magical associations, spirits, animals, royalty, and farmers.

Why She Died

Why She Died
  • Author(s): J G Roberts
  • Location(s): Berkshire
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Contemporary

It was a person after all, but she was suspended in mid-air. Abi’s heart began to thump against her ribcage as the full horror of what she was seeing became apparent. Her shrill scream pierced the silence, startling birds...

Why We Took the Car

Why We Took the Car
  • Author(s): Wolfgang Herrndorf
  • Location(s): Brandenburg
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Mike doesn’t get why people think he’s boring. Sure, he doesn’t have many friends. (OK, zero friends.) And everyone laughs at him when he reads his essays out loud in class. And he’s never invited to parties. But one...

Wicked City

Wicked City
  • Author(s): Nicholas Hewitt
  • Location(s): Marseilles (Marseille)
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Various

Marseille is a thoroughly ambiguous place. France’s second city and its major sea-port, its impact on the national imagination is unparalleled. Yet it is also a frontier city, arguably capital of the Mediterranean, and with a traditionally suspect allegiance...

Wide Open

Wide Open
  • Author(s): Nicola Barker
  • Location(s): Isle of Sheppey
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Wide Open is set on the Isle of Sheppey, “a strange place, flat and empty like the moon.” On the island is a nudist beach, a nature reserve, a wild boar farm and not much else. The landscape is...

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Author(s): Jean Rhys
  • Location(s): Dominica, Jamaica
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1830s

A prequel to Jane Eyre, telling the story of the Creole heiress Antoinette, the “mad woman in the attic”. Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn...

Widow for a Year

Widow for a Year
  • Author(s): John Irving
  • Location(s): Amsterdam
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s to 1990s

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