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Author(s): Sarah Butler

Location(s): Greater Manchester

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): present day

Meet the residents of ‘a shit B&B in a half-forgotten bit of East Manchester’ – Ken’s words, and he ought to know, he’s lived in room 1 for twenty-two years. Angel’s in room 3 – she’s got herself clean...

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Not In our Hands

Not In our Hands

Author(s): Charlotte Gringras

Location(s): Umbria

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

In an idyllic town in the Umbrian hills, young Jake Taylor is studying Italian and hoping to take control of his life. But as he makes new friends and soaks up the language, scenery and cuisine, Jake is about...

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Not My Job – A Len Palmer Mystery (Book 2)

Not My Job – A Len Palmer Mystery (Book 2)

Author(s): Roger M Kaye

Location(s): French Alps, Japan

Genre(s): Adventure, Fiction

Era(s): Current

Please read the Len Palmer books in order. This is no.2, start with Snow Job Len Palmer, a ski-lift designer, is looking for work. After the disastrous end of the HiFly megalift (Snow Job – the first Len Palmer...

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Not Quite Lost: Travels without a Sense of Direction

Not Quite Lost: Travels without a Sense of Direction

Author(s): Roz Morris

Location(s): United Kingdom

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 20th and 21st century

In Not Quite Lost, Roz Morris celebrates the hidden dramas in the apparently ordinary. Her childhood home, with a giant star-gazing telescope on the horizon and a garden path that disappears under next door’s house. A tour guide in...

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Not Quite Paradise: An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka

Not Quite Paradise: An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka

Author(s): Adele Barker

Location(s): Sri Lanka

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): early 2000s

A chronicle of life on the resplendent island, combining the immediacy of memoir with the vividness of travelogue and reportage   Adele Barker and her son, Noah, settled into the central highlands of Sri Lanka for an eighteen-month sojourn,...

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Not the End

Not the End

Author(s): Kate Vane

Location(s): Devon

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

This is the story of a drowning, a heatwave and a painting that shouldn’t exist. The death of octogenarian sea swimmer Maud Smith doesn’t excite much interest in the Devon seaside town of Dormouth, but it changes the lives...

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Not Without Laughter

Not Without Laughter

Author(s): Langston Hughes

Location(s): Kansas

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Earlier 20th Century

When first published in 1930, Not Without Laughter established Langston Hughes as not only a brilliant poet and leading light of the Harlem Renaissance but also a gifted novelist. In telling the story of Sandy Rogers, a young African...

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Notes from a Big Country

Notes from a Big Country

Author(s): Bill Bryson

Location(s): United States (USA)

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): 1999

Bill Bryson has the rare knack of being out of his depth wherever he goes – even (perhaps especially) in the land of his birth. This became all too apparent when, after nearly two decades in England, the world’s...

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Notes from an Even Smaller Island

Notes from an Even Smaller Island

Author(s): Neil Humphreys

Location(s): Singapore

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): early 2000s

Knowing nothing of Singapore, Neil Humphreys arrives in the land of ‘air-conned’ shopping centres and Lee Kuan Yew. From the aunties in the hawker centres to expats dressed as bananas, from Singlish to kiasuism, and from Singaporeans abroad, Humphreys...

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Notes from the Hyena’s Belly

Notes from the Hyena’s Belly

Author(s): Nega Mezlekia

Location(s): Ethiopia

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1970s 80s

Part autobiography and part social history, Notes from the Hyena’s Belly offers an unforgettable portrait of Ethiopia, and of Africa, during the 1970s and ’80s, an era of civil war, widespread famine, and mass execution. “We children lived like...

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