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A Summer Reunion

A Summer Reunion
  • Author(s): Fanny Blake
  • Location(s): Majorca (Mallorca)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Amy, Linda, Kate and Jane were best friends at school. Now, years later, they have grown apart. When Amy discovers her husband has been stealing from her successful interiors business, and with a milestone birthday looming, she decides it...

A Tall Man in a Low Land

A Tall Man in a Low Land
  • Author(s): Harry Pearson
  • Location(s): Belgium
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 2000s

Belgium has had its share of defining moments: the treaty of Vienna after Napoleon, two world wars and, rounding out the 20th century, contaminated Coke come to mind. In A Tall Man in a Low Land the curmudgeonly comic...

A Theatre for Dreamers

A Theatre for Dreamers
  • Author(s): Polly Samson
  • Location(s): Hydra
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960

1960. The world is dancing on the edge of revolution, and nowhere more so than on the Greek island of Hydra, where a circle of poets, painters and musicians live tangled lives, ruled by the writers Charmian Clift and...

A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty
  • Author(s): Peter Fiennes
  • Location(s): Greece
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

What do the Greek myths mean to us today? It’s now a golden age for these tales – they crop up in novels, films and popular culture. But what’s the modern relevance of Theseus, Hera and Pandora? Were these...

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.

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 Visit to Gansu Province for the Chinese New Year

A Visit to Gansu Province for the Chinese New Year
  • Author(s): Helen Walliman
  • Location(s): Gansu
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 2003

In 2003 about sixty percent of China’s population still lived in rural areas. And of that population, about forty million still lived in the man-made cave dwellings known as yaodong. Whereas life in the cities had changed radically, in...

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...

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