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Before the Rains

Before the Rains

Author(s): Dinah Jefferies

Location(s): Rajasthan

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s

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1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for...

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Belas Rift: The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham: Volume 3

Belas Rift: The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham: Volume 3

Author(s): Stephan von Clinkerhoffen

Location(s): Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, Winchcombe

Genre(s): Fantasy, Science Fiction/Future

Era(s): Early 21st Century

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Our young hero Stig and his female partner Meg chase the evil enemy’s leader Anet into a rift. This interdimensional portal brings them from their fantasyland through into a small village in 21st century England. Their mission is to...

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Belonging

Belonging

Author(s): Umi Sinha

Location(s): India, Sussex

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Mid 19th Century to early 1920s

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Lila Langdon is twelve years old when she witnesses a family tragedy after her mother unveils her father’s surprise birthday present – a tragedy that ends her childhood in India and precipitates a new life in Sussex with her...

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Between the Woods and the Water

Between the Woods and the Water

Author(s): Patrick Leigh Fermor

Location(s): Europe, Hungary, Romania

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 1930s

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this is the sequel to ‘A Time of Gifts’, and Fermor continues his walk through the length of 1930s Europe. Starting from where the previous book left off, at the border into Hungary, and on to “the Iron Gates”...

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Block 46

Block 46

Author(s): Johana Gustawsson

Location(s): Falkenberg, Hampstead, London

Genre(s): Thriller

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Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s. Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In...

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Blood in the Tiber

Blood in the Tiber

Author(s): Annelise Freisenbruch

Location(s): Rome

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 70BC

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A senator bleeds to death in his bath… And as the authorities turn a blind eye, Hortensia, daughter of the capital’s most celebrated orator, feels compelled to investigate a trail of murders that lead to the dark heart of...

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Breaking the Tongue

Breaking the Tongue

Author(s): Vyvyane Loh

Location(s): Singapore

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1940s

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On the eve of World War II, Claude Lim, a Chinese youth, uncertain of himself and his nationality, is being raised in a family that strongly identifies with the British colonists in Singapore. The family neither speaks nor understands...

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Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Bridge of Sighs and Dreams

Author(s): Pamela Allegretto

Location(s): Italy

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): World War 2

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Nazi-occupied Rome sets the stage for Bridge of Sighs and Dreams, where the lives of two women collide in an arena of deception, greed, and sacrifice. Following an allied attack, Angelina Rosini flees to Rome from her bombed-out village...

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Calcutta: Two Years in the City

Calcutta: Two Years in the City

Author(s): Amit Chaudhuri

Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 2009-2011

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In 1999, Amit Chaudhuri moved back to Calcutta, the city in which he was born. It was a place he had loved in his youth and the place he had made his name writing about. But upon his return...

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Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Author(s): John Steinbeck

Location(s): Monterey

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s

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John Steinbeck’s paean to the Monterey County of his youth, Cannery Row contains an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw in Penguin Modern Classics. In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits – gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists...

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