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Your chance to win three top books of 2015 in a fabulous Christmas competition!

21st December 2015

Christmas

THIS COMPETITION CLOSED ON 30TH DECEMBER 2015

Your chance to win three top books of 2015 in a fabulous Christmas competition!

It was really hard to choose just three of our three top 5 star reads of 2015 for this competition – but here we go:

The Bamboo Stalk written by Saud Alsanousi (and recently translated by Jonathan Wright) is a story of migration and rootlessness, and what it means ‘to belong’. It won the International Prize For Arabic Fiction. A Filipina maid working in Kuwait, and her half Kuwaiti son, are sent back to the Philippines after she is rejected by her husband’s family. The story is that of the son who seeks to come to terms with the duality of his culture in a land thousands of miles away from his birthplace. It is a great and moving read. To read the full TripFiction review, please click here.

How To Be Brave by Louise Beech. Rose, aged 9, has just been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. 70 years previously here great grandfather was adrift on a lifeboat in the Southern Atlantic. Both have major struggles on their hands. Across the 70 years they ‘talk’ and mutually support each other. The story is based on fact. The sailor in the Atlantic is Louise’s grandfather, and her daughter, Katy, also has Type 1 Diabetes. A strange, somewhat mystic, bond was built between the two of them. How To Be Brave is an uplifting book, and an excellent read. To read the full TripFiction review, please click here.

And finally, The Killing Of Bobbi Lomax is a brilliant debut thriller by British writer, Cal Moriarty. Set in small town America in 1982/83 it describes the impact that two killings in a single day have on the community. The town is controlled by The Faith (an all pervasive religious cult) – its leaders are sinister. The two detectives on the case struggle… The book leads us through trickery and fraudulent property dealings – as well as the killings – to come to a well conceived and surprising denouement. It is written in a very well observed and slightly quirky manner – the style is a delight. A book we thoroughly recommend. To read the full TripFiction review, please click here.

To win these three fabulous books, all you have to do is share the name of the one country that you would most like to visit in 2016 in the Comments box below. It really is that simple! The competition closes at midnight UK time on Wednesday 30th December – and the winner will be the first name out of the hat on the morning of the 31st.

A very Happy Christmas, and the very best of luck!

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 31/12/2015 at 10:36 am

    We drew the winner of the competition this morning – and the first name out of the hat was Rachel Hall with ‘Iceland’.

    Congratulations to Rachel!

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  2. User: carol watkins

    Posted on: 30/12/2015 at 4:35 pm

    Canada

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  3. User: Alan Howe

    Posted on: 30/12/2015 at 2:13 pm

    Vietnam

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  4. User: Nikki Hunter-Pike

    Posted on: 30/12/2015 at 2:12 pm

    I’d love to visit Amercia in 2016!

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  5. User: Hassni

    Posted on: 30/12/2015 at 9:17 am

    Turkey.

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  6. User: Anne-Marie Large

    Posted on: 29/12/2015 at 9:54 pm

    Italy. 🙂

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  7. User: Andrea Johns

    Posted on: 29/12/2015 at 8:32 pm

    Ireland

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  8. User: Gwen Carter

    Posted on: 29/12/2015 at 6:52 pm

    Estonia- one on my wish list!

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  9. User: Deborah Curwen

    Posted on: 29/12/2015 at 3:06 pm

    Croatia (more specifically Plitvice Lakes National Park)

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  10. User: Stacey Melia

    Posted on: 29/12/2015 at 1:32 pm

    Canada for me, the wildlife is incredible! Hopefully will be able to go next Christmas.

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  11. User: Caroline Bourne

    Posted on: 29/12/2015 at 11:16 am

    Australia – to see the sights and also see my cousins

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  12. User: shelley stevenson

    Posted on: 29/12/2015 at 1:44 am

    Has to be my 2nd home.. Turkey.. most of my friends and family are there so would LOVE to visit them all again..

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  13. User: Rebecca Matthews

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 11:20 pm

    America

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  14. User: Dale Dow

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 9:54 pm

    America, I have always dreamed of going there

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  15. User: David Crabb

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 9:54 pm

    We would love to visit Jamaica, it is where my wife’s family are from and would be a dream trip

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  16. User: Heather Jenkinson

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 5:14 pm

    Id love to visit Turkey, especially Istanbul

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  17. User: Christine Williams

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 4:45 pm

    I’d like to visit my childhood friend in Dubai.

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  18. User: Kristy Brown

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 4:21 pm

    New Zealand

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  19. User: Robyn Clarke

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 4:14 pm

    I would love to go to Thailand

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  20. User: KateS

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 2:13 pm

    Germany! I hope to go and work there this summer.

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  21. User: Alison

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 12:17 pm

    Japan would be aMAZING

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  22. User: Wendy Becker

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 11:53 am

    Italy

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  23. User: Chelsealeigh Gould

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 11:34 am

    Finland <3

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  24. User: Iva Petrovic

    Posted on: 28/12/2015 at 10:56 am

    Denmark

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  25. User: Dianne Hanson

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 11:38 pm

    Sweden

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  26. User: Helen

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 10:04 pm

    Italy

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  27. User: Cheryl Edwards

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 9:46 pm

    I would love to visit Mexico.

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  28. User: Julie Guy

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 7:51 pm

    I’d love to go to Pompeii in Italy.

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  29. User: Kate Saville

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 7:31 pm

    Vietnam

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  30. User: cathyj

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 7:14 pm

    brazil

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  31. User: Rebecca williams

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 6:57 pm

    Dubai

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  32. User: Paul T

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 6:27 pm

    Peru

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  33. User: Barbara Handley

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 5:14 pm

    Canada, as I have found cousins I never knew existed there. I would love to meet them as they are the only family I know on my father’s side.

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  34. User: Sarah Wray

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 4:32 pm

    I’m going to Paris for the first time in my life this year to celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary – I’m very excited – I’ll have to read some good Parisian books to prepare myself.

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  35. User: Jen Rogers

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 4:29 pm

    Love to visit Berlin Germany

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  36. User: Gaby Thurston

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 4:08 pm

    Canada

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  37. User: Danika Lloyd

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 4:07 pm

    other areas of the U.K.

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  38. User: Deborah Wheeler

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 3:42 pm

    I’d like to go to Croatia the scenery looks stunning

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  39. User: Laura Broadley

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 3:14 pm

    Norway

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  40. User: Phil Darling

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 7:37 am

    Top of my list is Italy

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  41. User: Lynda Sanderson

    Posted on: 27/12/2015 at 12:54 am

    It would be Australia, there is so much to see !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  42. User: fozia Akhtar

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 11:47 pm

    The United States of America

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  43. User: Mary Hutton

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 11:21 pm

    Italy

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  44. User: Wilma J

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 10:48 pm

    I’d love to visit Australia x

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  45. User: Rachel Ray

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 9:39 pm

    Italy. Always Italy. I’d love to take my children

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  46. User: Vid Ram

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 9:38 pm

    USA

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  47. User: catherine plant

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 9:21 pm

    america

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  48. User: Jo Jones

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 9:06 pm

    Australia for me

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  49. User: Susie M

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:13 pm

    Finland for me.

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  50. User: lisa evans

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:01 pm

    Thailand

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  51. User: Alison

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 7:53 pm

    I’d love to visit Italy

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  52. User: katie w

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 7:48 pm

    always wanted to visit Peru

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  53. User: Sarah R

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 6:51 pm

    I would love to visit Italy 🙂

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  54. User: Anthony G

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 6:14 pm

    Ireland (specifically Dublin) 🙂

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  55. User: S Bufton

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 5:12 pm

    America

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  56. User: Vicky S

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 4:55 pm

    It has to be Canada

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  57. User: Mary Lucking

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 4:53 pm

    Costa Rica is calling me

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  58. User: Susan Howitt

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 4:46 pm

    Iceland, would love to see the Northern Lights.

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  59. User: Lisa T

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 4:01 pm

    Iceland

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  60. User: June Munday

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 3:59 pm

    Antarctica

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  61. User: Rebecca John

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 2:51 pm

    Sicily

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  62. User: Karen W

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 2:04 pm

    Russia

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  63. User: Justine Hughes

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 1:55 pm

    Cuba

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  64. User: LondonREC

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 1:48 pm

    Barbados

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  65. User: Val Hartley

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 1:45 pm

    I would love to visit Australia.

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  66. User: Gill Scott

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 12:12 pm

    Iceland

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  67. User: Tammy Tudor

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 11:55 am

    Croatia

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  68. User: Hazel Christopher

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 11:35 am

    Italy

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  69. User: Lucy Webber

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 11:22 am

    Montenegro!

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  70. User: Jim Milligan

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 10:29 am

    Iceland would be really cool!

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  71. User: Rachel Baylis

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 10:25 am

    I’m finally getting to travel to Japan this August! So excited

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  72. User: Lisa Parker

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 10:07 am

    I have always wanted to visit Peru x

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  73. User: Bob Clark

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 10:05 am

    germany

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  74. User: Graeme

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 10:03 am

    Brazil.

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  75. User: sharon mead

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 10:00 am

    Denmark

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  76. User: Kay Adams

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 9:57 am

    Austria

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  77. User: diana jones

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 9:55 am

    Croatia

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  78. User: Tracey Poulter

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 9:38 am

    USA

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  79. User: Jackie Stevens

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 9:20 am

    I’d love to visit Mexico

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  80. User: Laura Jeffs

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:59 am

    Definitely Nepal!!!

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  81. User: Anna

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:38 am

    Italy

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  82. User: Fiona King

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:29 am

    I would love to go to Australia

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  83. User: Rachael Simmons

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:26 am

    I’d love to visit the Old Town in Prague, Czech Republic

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  84. User: Dale Askew

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:22 am

    always wanted to go to Australia

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  85. User: Margaret Dunlop

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:16 am

    I would love to visit Canada

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  86. User: Jean T

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:10 am

    Iceland

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  87. User: Deborah Munn

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 8:02 am

    I would love to visit Ireland. On the doorstep and never been.

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  88. User: Peter Saville

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 7:19 am

    Iceland

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  89. User: David Reeves

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 7:04 am

    Ethiopia – cradle of Chrsitianity

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  90. User: Richard Randall

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 6:52 am

    I’d love to visit Japan. Tokyo looks amazing.

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  91. User: caroline walliss

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 6:32 am

    Iceland

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  92. User: Heather Knotts

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 6:24 am

    Russia

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  93. User: Philippa manton

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 2:49 am

    Malta.
    Would love to visit this beautiful island.

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  94. User: Lorraine Tinsley

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 1:37 am

    Hong Kong

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  95. User: Suzanne

    Posted on: 26/12/2015 at 12:52 am

    Sri Lanka would be culturally and scenically brilliant.

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  96. User: Penny H

    Posted on: 25/12/2015 at 11:53 pm

    Norway 🙂

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  97. User: Lee Hathaway

    Posted on: 25/12/2015 at 11:47 pm

    I would like to visit the Phillipines

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  98. User: Caroline Pritchard

    Posted on: 25/12/2015 at 11:37 pm

    China

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  99. User: Teeba

    Posted on: 25/12/2015 at 6:13 am

    Germany

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  100. User: Kay Smillie

    Posted on: 24/12/2015 at 10:14 am

    I would love to spring a surprise visit on a dear friend in Japan who has cancer. I haven’t been able to give him a hug in decades.

    Would love to see the Buddhist temples too.

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  101. User: Susan Edmiston

    Posted on: 24/12/2015 at 3:38 am

    Portugal

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  102. User: Dawn obrien

    Posted on: 23/12/2015 at 5:36 pm

    Russia…so much history…and those accents!!!

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  103. User: Rachel Bridgeman

    Posted on: 23/12/2015 at 5:24 pm

    It would be France 🙂 I’d absolutely love to go there, I’ve never been outside the UK and have only travelled thorugh my books so I’d start with France!

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  104. User: Francesca Jones

    Posted on: 23/12/2015 at 5:20 pm

    USA

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  105. User: Julie Ryan

    Posted on: 23/12/2015 at 4:01 pm

    USA

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  106. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 23/12/2015 at 3:55 pm

    Japan. I really enjoyed the Japanese books “The Guest Cat” and “Strange Weather in Tokyo”and it would be great to visit some of the places featured.

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  107. User: Mohammad Shareef

    Posted on: 23/12/2015 at 1:57 pm

    Switzerland

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  108. User: Carolyn Lenny

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 7:09 pm

    Denmark

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  109. User: Helen Burrows

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 4:30 pm

    France

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  110. User: Sue Harrison

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 2:37 pm

    I would love to go to Venice

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  111. User: Becky

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 1:06 pm

    Dubai which I’m hoping to for my 40th nxt yr

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  112. User: Flora Arbuckle

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 12:45 pm

    Poland

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  113. User: Nolene Driscoll

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 12:22 pm

    France because my friend wants to hold her 60th birthday in Paris.

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  114. User: ColomBecca

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 11:53 am

    The largest island in the world – Greenland of course.

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  115. User: Hind

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 10:42 am

    Dubai

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  116. User: Sandra Isaac

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 8:15 am

    USA

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  117. User: Kirsty Maule

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 8:11 am

    Thailand

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  118. User: Kat

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 6:19 am

    Dublin

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  119. User: Margaret Pinard

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 4:20 am

    I’ve never been to Barcelona or Denmark, but am hoping to visit both in 2016! 🙂

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  120. User: Nicky Doherty

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 3:52 am

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK!

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  121. User: Amanda Sheila

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 3:10 am

    I’d kill to visit Switzerland. I have a good friend who live there and that’s one of the reason why. Haha. Thank you so much!

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  122. User: Jess dimovski

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 12:59 am

    I would live to visit Macedonia

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  123. User: Allison beattie

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 12:44 am

    Uzbekistan – a reknown place of the ancient Silk Road

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  124. User: Susan T.

    Posted on: 22/12/2015 at 12:12 am

    Iceland!

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  125. User: Helen MacKinven

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 10:20 pm

    Austria – Vienna is on my city break wish list.

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  126. User: Sue Kitt

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 9:14 pm

    I would love to visit the United Kingdom, most of my family is living there and I have never left South Africa.

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  127. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 9:01 pm

    Iceland – Iceland Noir 2016

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  128. User: Leila solomons

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 8:58 pm

    I would love to visit India.

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  129. User: Rhonda

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 8:55 pm

    Italy so romantic

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  130. User: Mike Linane

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 8:43 pm

    Iceland

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  131. User: Leanne Barry

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 8:36 pm

    Anyone of the countries in the 3 top books

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  132. User: Alison Drew

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 8:23 pm

    Australia is still on my bucket list!

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  133. User: Joanne Gaylor

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 8:18 pm

    Iceland

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  134. User: Joan Bailey

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 7:42 pm

    Tanzania!

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  135. User: Kristina

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 7:15 pm

    Italy always comes out on top!

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  136. User: Robin Dawson

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 6:33 pm

    Denmark

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  137. User: Ghadeer Alhussain

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 6:10 pm

    I would like to visit South Korea

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  138. User: Abdulaziz Barakeh

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 4:41 pm

    I would like to visit NYC

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  139. User: Lolowah

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 4:20 pm

    Spain

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  140. User: Lana Hood

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 4:03 pm

    I would love to visit the United Kingdom. Most of my ancestors originated there and I have had a fascination with novels from that region.

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  141. User: Shaikha Alkaabi

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 3:25 pm

    Spain

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  142. User: Anne Stormont

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 3:22 pm

    Canada

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  143. User: Ruth A Baldino

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 3:10 pm

    Estonia

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  144. User: Saja Addasi

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 3:04 pm

    I would love to visit Morocco! <3

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  145. User: Janet Berkman

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 1:25 pm

    Germany

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  146. User: Hind

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 1:06 pm

    Usa

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  147. User: Hind

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 12:59 pm

    London

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  148. User: Masomah A. Hamadah

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 12:41 pm

    Good job , japan , Ksa .

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  149. User: lisa alarcon

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 12:25 pm

    Iceland

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  150. User: Ana @ThisChickReads

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 12:14 pm

    I’d love to visit Egypt.

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  151. User: judith barrow

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 12:08 pm

    New Zealand

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  152. User: ANNIE THOMAS

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 11:38 am

    Japan

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  153. User: Alison Layland

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 11:34 am

    Croatia

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  154. User: Bee

    Posted on: 21/12/2015 at 11:29 am

    UK for its sheer number of awesome book related events.

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