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Crooked Heart

Crooked Heart

Author(s): Lissa Evans

Location(s): London, St Albans

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Mid 20th Century

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When Noel Bostock – aged ten, no family – is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge – thirty-six and drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money,...

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Being Someone

Being Someone

Author(s): Adrian Harvey

Location(s): India, London, New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Turn of the 20th century

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Two stories interweave. The story of an elephant in Southern India and turn of the 21st London where a romance between a Londoner and a New Yorker is burgeoning. It is deft the way these two stories intertwine. The...

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Rivers of London

Rivers of London

Author(s): Ben Aaronovitch

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns...

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author(s): Charles Dickens

Location(s): London

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Victorian

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Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and...

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A Sister’s Promise

A Sister’s Promise

Author(s): Renita D'Silva

Location(s): London, Udupi

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Two sisters. Bound by blood. Torn apart by love. My sister – the glue that held our family together and the gatekeeper to the memories of our shared childhood. The girl I made a pact with – to protect...

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Bamboo Heart

Bamboo Heart

Author(s): Ann Bennett

Location(s): London, Penang, Singapore, Thailand

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1930s/40s and 1980s

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The First in the Bamboo Trilogy. Thailand, 1943: Thomas Ellis, captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore, is a prisoner-of-war on the Death Railway. In stifling heat he endures endless days of clearing jungle, breaking stone and...

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Bone China

Bone China

Author(s): Roma Tearne

Location(s): London, Sri Lanka

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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An epic novel of love, loss and a family uprooted, set in the contrasting landscapes of war-torn Sri Lanka and immigrant London. Grace de Silva, wife of the shiftless but charming Aloysius, has five children and a crumbling marriage....

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Death in the East

Death in the East

Author(s): Abir Mukherjee

Location(s): Assam, Kolkata (Calcutta), London

Genre(s): Crime, Historical, Mystery

Era(s): Early 20th century

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Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920s India. 1905, London. As a young constable, Sam Wyndham is on his usual East London beat when...

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Grave Island

Grave Island

Author(s): Andrew Smyth

Location(s): East Africa, London, Mumbai (Bombay)

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller

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When Philip Hennessey is thrown out of army intelligence after evidence is fabricated against him, his ex-wife’s school friend asks him to investigate the sudden death of her father, who she thinks has been murdered. Philip soon discovers a...

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Home Fire

Home Fire

Author(s): Kamila Shamsie

Location(s): London, United States (USA)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

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The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted...

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