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A Death in the Medina

A Death in the Medina
  • Author(s): James von Leyden
  • Location(s): Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Death stalks the medina of Marrakech . . . Marrakech, August. It is the start of Ramadan, the hottest in memory. Among the few foreigners left in the sweltering city are a riad owner, her French boyfriend and an...

The Seamstress

The Seamstress
  • Author(s): María Dueñas
  • Location(s): Madrid, Morocco, Tétouan (Tetouan)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century WW2

Spain, 1936 and the brink of civil war. Young, poor Sira Quiroga is swept up in a whirlwind romance with her wily love Ramiro. Fleeing Madrid together for Morocco, her love blinds her to his real failings. Soon abandoned,...

A Handful of Honey: Away to the Palm Groves of Morocco and Algeria

A Handful of Honey: Away to the Palm Groves of Morocco and Algeria
  • Author(s): Annie Hawes
  • Location(s): Algeria, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

Travelling across Morocco and Algeria on a shoestring, this is the story of the people the author met on her travels – fascinating characters, quirky encounters all told with insight and humour

Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy
  • Author(s): India Knight
  • Location(s): London, Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2009-2011

It’s two days before Christmas and wife and mother of two, Clara Dunphy, has finally finished her last-minute shopping on Oxford Street. On a whim she decides to treat herself to a champagne cocktail at the Connaught hotel, where...

Horses of God

Horses of God
  • Author(s): Mahi Binebine
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

On the outskirts of Casablanca, next to the dump, is the shantytown of Sidi Moumen, where Yachine and his ten brothers grew up in the aimless chaos of drugs, violence, unemployment, and despair. The barefoot boys started their own...

Secret Son

Secret Son
  • Author(s): Laila Lalami
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 2000s

Casablanca’s stinking alleys are the only home that 19 year-old Youssef El-Mekki has ever known. Raised by his mother in a one-room home, the film stars flickering on the local cinemas screen offer the only glimmer of hope to...

Shadows of Marrakech

Shadows of Marrakech
  • Author(s): Tim Kindberg
  • Location(s): Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction

This is a tale of a struggle against slavery and ignorance, of shadows and loyalty. In Marrakech, Chemchi, a Berber girl, enters into a bargain with a brutal slave master. In return for his help, she must track down...

The Book of Madness and Cures

The Book of Madness and Cures
  • Author(s): Regina O'Melveny
  • Location(s): Europe, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 16th Century

Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th century Venice, she’s a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entrée to this all-male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets...

The Final Bet

The Final Bet
  • Author(s): Abdelilah Hamdouchi
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Casablanca. Othman, a handsome young Moroccan man, returns home to discover his elderly French wife, Sofia, brutally murdered in their bedroom. Highly educated but chronically unemployed, Othman had been in desperate straits before meeting Sofia, who pampered him with...

The Lighthearted Quest

The Lighthearted Quest
  • Author(s): Ann Bridge
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

When Julia undertook to find her cousin, Colin Munro, last heard of sailing a yacht off the north coast of Africa, the quest seemed lighthearted enough. But, before she had finished, she was involved with Moorish antique dealers, a...

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