Why Join?

  • Add New Books

  • Write a Review

  • Backpack Reading Lists

  • Newsletter Updates

Join Now

Filter:

And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed
  • Author(s): Khaled Hosseini
  • Location(s): Kabul, Paris, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one… Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of...

Arab Jazz

Arab Jazz
  • Author(s): Karim Miské
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th arrondissement in Paris is a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another. This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant’s melancholy daydreams are...

Lunch in Paris

Lunch in Paris
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Bard
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Food and Drink
  • Era(s): Modern

The author moves to Paris and this is the story of her acclimatisation, and integrations into Parisian culture. The moving, sometimes funny and often heartening text is interspersed with delicious looking recipes.

The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper

The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper
  • Author(s): Phaedra Patrick
  • Location(s): England, Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Having been married for over 40 years, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper is mourning the loss of his wife. On the anniversary of her death, he finally musters the courage to go through her possessions, and happens upon a charm bracelet...

Murder in Montmartre

Murder in Montmartre
  • Author(s): Cara Black
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Aimée’s childhood friend, Laure, is a policewoman. Her partner, Jacques, has set up a meeting in Montmartre with an informer. When Laure goes along as backup, Jacques is lured to a rooftop, where he is shot to death. Laure’s...

Perfume

Perfume
  • Author(s): Patrick Suskind
  • Location(s): Paris, The South of France (Le Midi)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 1700s

Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other...

The Black Notebook

The Black Notebook
  • Author(s): Patrick Modiano
  • Location(s): Paris
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Novella
  • Era(s): Modern looking back to 1960s

Set in Montparnasse, Paris. A writer discovers a set of notes in his notebook and sets off on a journey through the Paris of his past, in search of the woman he loved forty years previously. Set in the...

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Author(s): Therese Anne Fowler
  • Location(s): France, French Riviera (Cote d'Azur), New York City (NYC), Paris, United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): First half 20th century

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen and he is a young army lieutenant. Before long, Zelda has fallen for him, even though Scott isn’t...