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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...

Tangier Love Story

Tangier Love Story
  • Author(s): Carol Ardman
  • Location(s): Tangier
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Novella

Carol Ardman traveled to Tangier in 1970 to tend her broken heart and—she hoped—find Jane Bowles, whose writing had literally saved her. Instead she found Paul Bowles at a time when he was as lonely and searching as she...

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty
  • Author(s): Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi, Vendela Vida
  • Location(s): Casablanca
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

“In Vendela Vida’s taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport-all of her money and identification. Though the...

The Heat of Betrayal

The Heat of Betrayal
  • Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

In the heady strangeness of Morocco, he is everything she wants him to be – passionate, talented, knowledgeable. She is convinced that it is here she will finally become pregnant. But when Paul suddenly disappears, and Robin finds herself...

The Saffron Trail

The Saffron Trail
  • Author(s): Rosanna Ley
  • Location(s): Cornwall, Marrakech, Morocco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, and best of all, she loved its hint of magic. After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour...

The Jackal’s Share

The Jackal’s Share
  • Author(s): Chris Morgan Jones
  • Location(s): Dubai, Italy, London, Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): MOdern

Boundless wealth hides the deepest secrets . . . When a charismatic billionaire asks Ben Webster to investigate his personal affairs it isn’t long before the private spy is convinced that there is something very wrong with his new...

Marrakech Express

Marrakech Express
  • Author(s): Peter Millar
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Confused with the song (I can hear you singing it already!). Peter Millar’s 3rd train narrative, this time to Morocco and still a whiff of spliff.

Tea at the Grand Tazi

Tea at the Grand Tazi
  • Author(s): Alexandra Singer
  • Location(s): Marrakech
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize Runner up of the Luke Bitmead Bursary Maia is leaving London to paint in the bright sunlight and exotic setting of Morocco. Working as an assistant to a once famous Historian, she is...

The Caliph’s House

The Caliph’s House
  • Author(s): Tahir Shah
  • Location(s): Casablanca, Tunisia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

Writer and film-maker Tahir Shah – in his 30s, married, with two small children – was beginning to wilt under brash, cramped, ennervating British city life. Flying in the face of friends’ advice, he longed to fulfil his dream...

In Arabian Nights

In Arabian Nights
  • Author(s): Tahir Shah
  • Location(s): Morocco
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Various

Shortly after the 2005 London bombings, Tahir Shah was thrown into a Pakistani prison on suspicion of spying for Al-Qaeda. What sustained him during his terrifying, weeks-long ordeal were the stories his father told him as a child in...

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