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A Single Light

A Single Light

Author(s): Patricia Leslie

Location(s): Sydney

Genre(s): Urban Fantasy

Era(s): Contemporary

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In the bush, south of Sydney, among the beach goers, walkers and picnickers, a menace grows. The mysterious Bledray monsters are preparing for a Gathering; a feast of epic proportions. Only the Afflür Hunter and Guardians can stop them,...

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A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts

Author(s): Patrick Leigh Fermor

Location(s): Europe

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 1930s

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Walking from the Hoek of Holland to Rotterdam, through Europe, Munich to the Danube – beautifully observed, an absolute classic.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Author(s): Betty Smith

Location(s): Brooklyn, New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 20th century

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This is a New York classic about a young girl growing up in Brooklyn, evocative of this area of New York (Williamsburg) and describes the experience of people immigrating into the city.

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A Woman of Bangkok

A Woman of Bangkok

Author(s): Jack Reynolds

Location(s): Bangkok

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1950s

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Set against a beautifully observed Thailand of the 1950s, this is the story of a young Englishman s infatuation with a dance-hall hostess named Vilai, who all Bangkok knows as The White Leopard. No ordinary prostitute, Vilai is one...

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A Woman of Note

A Woman of Note

Author(s): Carol M Cram

Location(s): Paris, Vienna

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1827-1838

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Virtuoso pianist Isabette Grüber captivates audiences in the salons and concert halls of early nineteenth-century Vienna. Yet in a profession dominated by men, Isabette longs to compose and play her own music—a secret she keeps from both her lascivious...

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A Work of Beauty

A Work of Beauty

Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith

Location(s): Edinburgh

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): Modern

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“I love this city, and always shall. I write about it. I dream about it. I walk its streets and see something new each day – traces of faded lettering on the stone, still legible, but just; some facade...

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After the Silence

After the Silence

Author(s): Jake Woodhouse

Location(s): Amsterdam

Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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A body is found hanging on a hook above the canals of Amsterdam’s old town, a mobile phone forced into the victim’s mouth. In a remote coastal village, a doll lies in the ashes of a burnt-down house. But...

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Alberto’s Lost Birthday

Alberto’s Lost Birthday

Author(s): Diana Rosie

Location(s): Spain

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern looking back

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A little boy and his grandfather embark on a quest to find the old man’s missing birthday in Diana Rosie’s debut novel, Alberto’s Lost Birthday. Alberto is an old man. But he doesn’t know how old – he remembers nothing...

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All Creatures Great and Small: “If Only They Could Talk” and “It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet”

All Creatures Great and Small: “If Only They Could Talk” and “It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet”

Author(s): James Herriot

Location(s): Yorkshire

Genre(s): Fiction, Humour

Era(s): 1930s

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This is the rural landscape of North Yorkshire. The life of a vet in the 1930s, beautifully written and a classic of its time.

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An Almond for a Parrot

An Almond for a Parrot

Author(s): Wray Delaney

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 18th Century

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London, 1756: In Newgate prison, Tully Truegood awaits trial. Her fate hanging in the balance, she tells her life-story. It’s a tale that takes her from skivvy in the back streets of London, to conjuror’s assistant, to celebrated courtesan...

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