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A House Without Windows

A House Without Windows
  • Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
  • Location(s): Afghanistan, Kabul
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Current

A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture—from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell...

A Little Bit One O’clock

A Little Bit One O’clock
  • Author(s): William Ingram
  • Location(s): Bali
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

This book has, in its own way, garnered a bit of a cult following. It is an intelligent and light hearted account of one couple living within the bosom of a Balinese family. It really offers little insights into...

A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home
  • Author(s): Saroo Brierley
  • Location(s): Tasmania, India, Melbourne
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 20th/Early 21st Century

As a five-year old in India, I got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, I crossed the world to find my way back home. Five-year-old Saroo lived in a poor village in India, in a one-room hut with...

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove
  • Author(s): Fredrik Backman
  • Location(s): Sweden
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of...

A Modern Family

A Modern Family
  • Author(s): Helga Flatland
  • Location(s): Oslo, Norway
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2016 - 2018

The Norwegian Anne Tyler makes her English debut in a beautiful, bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights… ‘There is a hint of Ingmar Bergman in this portrayal of a completely normal family, it delves deep and...

A Single Light

A Single Light
  • Author(s): Patricia Leslie
  • Location(s): Sydney
  • Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
  • Era(s): Contemporary

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,...

A Single Thread

A Single Thread
  • Author(s): Tracy Chevalier
  • Location(s): Winchester
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 1930s

It is 1932, and the’ losses of the First World War are still keenly felt. Violet Speedwell, mourning for both her fianc’ and her brother and regarded by society as a’ surplus woman’ unlikely to marry, resolves to escape...

A Suitable Lie

A Suitable Lie
  • Author(s): Michael J Malone
  • Location(s): Ayr
  • Genre(s): Noir
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Some secrets should never be kept… Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he...

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Author(s): Khaled Hosseini
  • Location(s): Herat, Kabul
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s to 2000s

At times this can be a harrowing book, in which the author paints brutal scenes but it always retains, especiallythrough the characters of Mariam and Laila, a humanity, tremendous spirit and love. They overcome the challenges that have faced...

A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts
  • Author(s): Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Location(s): Europe
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1930s

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

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