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A Town Called Solace

A Town Called Solace
  • Author(s): Mary Lawson
  • Location(s): Northern Ontario
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1972

Clara’s sister is missing. Angry, rebellious Rose had a row with their mother, stormed out of the house and simply disappeared. Seven-year-old Clara, isolated by her distraught parents’ efforts to protect her from the truth, is grief-stricken and bewildered....

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

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.

A Very French Wedding

A Very French Wedding
  • Author(s): Maeve Haran
  • Location(s): Dordogne
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

For all those who imagine escaping to a château and living the dream . . . to find that even dreams can have their complications. Steph, Jo and Meredith have been friends since school. Their lives have all taken...

A View Across the Rooftops

A View Across the Rooftops
  • Author(s): Suzanne Kelman
  • Location(s): Amsterdam
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2

University professor Josef Held has never recovered from the loss of his beloved wife – and has no intention of ever letting anyone new into his quiet, safe world. It is a world where the clock ticks steadily in his mathematics...

A Visit from Voltaire

A Visit from Voltaire
  • Author(s): Dinah Lee Kueng
  • Location(s): Switzerland
  • Genre(s): Humour
  • Era(s): 2000s

When an American mother-of-three finds herself overwhelmed in her new home in Switzerland, a visitor pops up offering to cure her son’s asthma, her husband’s growing indifference, and her own resentment of life. Is he the village nutter or...

A Woman of Bangkok

A Woman of Bangkok
  • Author(s): Jack Reynolds
  • Location(s): Bangkok
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

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...

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

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...

A Work of Beauty

A Work of Beauty
  • Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location(s): Edinburgh
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

“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...

Abandoned Churches: Unclaimed Places of Worship

Abandoned Churches: Unclaimed Places of Worship
  • Author(s): Francis Meslet
  • Location(s): Europe
  • Genre(s): Photography
  • Era(s): 2012 - 2019

Between 2012 and 2019 Francis Meslet photographed several hundred places of worship across Europe. Over time, these places have became enveloped in silence, the only thing heard there now an occasional gust of wind whistling though broken stained glass,...

Abandoned Cinemas of the World

Abandoned Cinemas of the World
  • Author(s): Simon Edelstein
  • Location(s): World
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary looking back

An outstanding photographic report which draws attention to the often dramatic fate of the world’s abandoned heritage and its frequently forgotten beauty. The locations featured all have their own stories to tell, in a variety of voices, but with...

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